The School: Seely Primary School

Seely Primary School in Nottingham kicked off their summer of enterprise with the Greetings Card Challenge Day followed by each year group taking a Lesson-Time Project. This visit was a special opportunity for Year 3 and Year 4 students who have been working hard on the ‘Community Café’ and ‘Design Company’ projects as they were specially selected to put their enterprise skills to the test in the real word of work.

The Business: Eversheds, Nottingham

Eversheds is British multinational law firm headquartered in London. It 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, which includes around 1,220 lawyers.

The Challenge: Listen Up Lawyers

Over the course of the day, the students first had the opportunity to interview employees from Eversheds about their jobs and find out which skills they use on a day-to-day basis. Students were set their challenge: to represent their client in a criminal case involving well known characters from Harry Potter. Each group had to carefully analyse a set of case notes and prepare to represent their client in the trial which was held at the end of the day. This required excellent Working in a Team and Problem Solving skills, as well as Aiming High to give persuasive presentations in ‘court’.

The Results:

The mixed teams of Year 3 and 4 aspiring paralegals and solicitors rose to the challenge putting together some complex legal arguments. They impressed teachers and volunteers with very creative team names (for example, Foreversheds: Friends for Ever) at the start of the day, then with confident presentations as they took on the role of barristers in the afternoon. Students were able to apply literacy tools they’ve been working on back at school, which meant their persuasiveness was of the highest standard.

What they said:

  • “We are very proud of what you have achieved today. You have taken on a difficult challenge, stayed positive and presented superbly at the end.” – Teacher, Seely Primary School
  • “The students have really benefited from today. They now know a lot more about the legal system, have grown in confidence, gelled with teammates they did not know before and have been super engaged throughout.” – Volunteer, Eversheds
  • “When I came this morning I didn’t know anything about the law, now I know so much!” – Student, Seely Primary School

Thanks to Eversheds Nottingham for such a great trip day, and to Years 3 and 4 from Seely Primary School for coming along.

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