The Schools: Oaklands Primary School

Oaklands Primary School, located in Ealing, has worked with Enabling Enterprise as a partner school for three years. Teachers have been working, both inside and outside the classroom, to encourage exploration of the world of work. With this support, students have been developing enterprise skills during Lesson-Time Projects, trips to businesses and whole-school Challenge Days.

The Schools: Laurel Lane Primary School

Based in the borough of Hillingdon, Laurel Lane are in their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. At school they have taken part in Challenge Days, and this was an opportunity to further their knowledge of the Enabling Enterprise skills on a trip to GE.

The Business: GE, London

GE build appliances, lighting and power systems that help millions of homes, offices, factories, airlines and retail facilities around the world work better. They are well known for their partnership with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where their products were used in every sporting venue across London.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

After an exciting series of interviews with our volunteers, during which students learnt about the work that GE do, the budding entrepreneurs were set the task of coming up with a gadget that would make the lives of GE employees easier. After conducting market research and going on a tour of the site, students had to use their imagination, share ideas and work in teams in order to design the most imaginative gadgets and convince the judges, at the Inventors’ Trade Fair, that their gadget would be most useful.

The Results:

Throughout the day students worked together to gather effective research on the problems that GE volunteers faced in their everyday jobs. They combined their ideas to provide exciting solutions to the problems they had identified. The volunteers from GE were very impressed by the level of professionalism and confidence the students displayed when delivering their presentation.

What they said:

  • ” The students were really engaged from the beginning, enthusiastically designing their gadgets and presenting them to the GE staff” – Teacher, Laurel Lane Primary School
  • ” The students made strong links between the work we do at GE and effectively problem solved to offer some imaginative gadgets” – Volunteer, GE
  • “Designing a gadget was really fun. It was also good to work as a team with children from another school” – Student, Oaklands Primary School

Thanks to GE for such a great trip day, and to Years 3 and 4 from Oaklands Primary School and and Year 6 from Laurel Lane Primary School 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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