The Schools: Wormholt Park Primary

Wormholt Park Primary, based in Hammersmith & Fulham, have been working with Enabling Enterprise to develop students’ enterprise skills both inside and outside the classroom. Having already taken part in the Operation Moonbase Challenge Day, students were ready to put these skills into practice in the world of work. This group of year 6 students are currently mid-way through their Legal Eagles Lesson-Time Project, so this trip has been superbly timed to coincide with their enterprise skills development taking place back in class. In particular, this challenge was an excellent opportunity for the class to put their Working in a Team and Listening Carefully skills to the test.

The Business: Eversheds, London

Eversheds is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, with a proven track record of delivering consistently high quality legal services. Offering legal advice and services to both local and international clients, the business has over 50 offices based in the world’s major economic centres and just under 3,000 employees. Volunteers ranging from partners to trainees supported students throughout the day, giving the students a chance to learn about how different roles within the same organisation call upon different enterprise skills.

The Challenge: Listen Up Lawyers

Having learnt about how to introduce themselves in the most professional manner, the teams went on to interview their volunteers. Teams were tasked with taking on one of two roles: prosecution or defence lawyers. Their challenge involved some very serious legal cases with high profile clients: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger! Ultimately, the jury decided the fate of the accused but it was the responsibility of the teams to review the evidence and case files before putting forward their best arguments in court.

The Results:

Students were lucky enough to be accompanied on a tour to the Head Office’s rooftop garden, which really supported the students Aiming High skills, giving them the opportunity to look over the skyline of London. Over the course of the day, it was truly brilliant to observe the progress made by individuals and teams of students. In particular, students were certainly Listening Carefully and improving their ability to take effective notes whilst the opposition lawyers made their case. Students demonstrated excellent support for each other when they were Sharing Ideas during the trials.

What they said:

  • “The students have learnt how to work effectively as a team and that everyone in a team is important; they have been supporting each other and offering positive feedback to other team members” – Teacher, Wormholt Park Primary
  • “They were super confident and made real progress through the day. Quieter students really surprised themselves by standing and presenting their cases and will have no doubt felt very proud today.”- Volunteer, Eversheds
  • “I liked that we got to say the ‘Learned friend’ bit. I really enjoyed that we got to argue with the other lawyers and then do the counterarguments back.” – Student, Wormholt Park Primary

Thanks to Eversheds for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from Wormholt Park Primary for coming along.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us.

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