The School: Benson Community School

This academic year, Benson Community School have completed the first of two Challenge Days where the whole school put their enterprise skills to the test. Today was an opportunity for Year 4 students to push those skills further, especially honing on in Listening Carefully, Problem Solving and Sharing Ideas with coaching and support from Eversheds and RBS volunteers.

The Business: Eversheds, Birmingham

Eversheds is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, with over 40 offices based in the world’s major economic centres. They employ just under 3,000 people.

The Challenge: Listen Up Lawyers

Following an amazing tour of the Eversheds office in Birmingham, students were set the challenge of representing Harry Potter characters at a trial. Teams took on the role of prosecution or defence in order to argue their case. To do this, the students needed to apply Listening Carefully and Problem Solving to the highest standard as they researched their cases. The volunteers from Eversheds and RBS were able to share their expertise with their team of students, which meant the aspiring paralegals and lawyers managed to build very strong cases for or against the accused.

The Results:

All four teams aimed high and tried their very best to pull together the strongest arguments and deliver presentations with confidence and passion. In the trial of Hermione Granger, The Super Fast Thinkers delivered a strong prosecution presentation only to be matched by a passionate defence by the Brilliant Benson Bees. In the end, the passionate closing summary of the defence swung it their way. Harry Potter was found guilty despite a strong defence by the Benson Lawyers. The confidence and clarity with which The Aiming High Benson Lawyers delivered their presentation narrowly persuaded the jury.

What they said:

  • “The world of law was a new and exciting one for our students. They loved interacting with the volunteers who were very supportive. We were delighted to see the quality of the presentations and how well quieter students spoke.” – Teacher, Benson Community School
  • “Such an enjoyable day! The activities were perfectly pitched for this age group with all students clearly loving it.” – Volunteer, Eversheds
  • “The hardest thing today was getting our presentation ready for the trials. The best thing was the tour or the office and working out our arguments.” – Student, Benson Community School

Thanks to Eversheds for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from Benson Community School for coming along.

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