The Schools: Poplar Street, Caldershaw and St Thomas’s Primary Schools

Three different primary schools from across Tameside came together for their first experience of Enabling Enterprise. Year 6 pupils from Poplar Street, Caldershaw and St Thomas’s proudly represented their schools and were determined to show that they were Aiming High and doing all they could to win this Primary enterprise by using all their skills to the best of their ability.

The Business: Virgin Media, Manchester

Virgin Media provide home internet and cable television to over half the homes in Britain and can lay claim to being the UK’s first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services. Once again their apprentices took time out of their busy training schedule to work with the pupils and help them with skills such as Using Imagination and Staying Positive to solve tricky technical problems.

The Challenge: Tech-xperts

How well do employees communicate with one another? This was one of the key questions the pupils had to find an answer to on this fast paced trip. They took on the role of market researchers to find out if the Virgin Media staff were Sharing Ideas as efficiently as they could be. Having identified areas for improvement the next step was to prove how Working in a Team and Listening Carefully to what the volunteers needed could lead to new creative and innovative apps.

The Results:

The teams proved themselves to be excellent at Problem Solving and Leading and beat the clock to design memorable, inspiring logos with practical functions that made it easier than ever for the bust staff at Virgin Media to communicate with one another. The day culminated in a buzzing Technology Fair where the pupils were eager and proud to be Sharing Ideas not only about their apps but about how they had developed their skills throughout the day.

What they said:

  • “I was really impressed with the way every pupil got involved with the activities and actively participated in all aspects of the day” – Teacher, St Thomas’s CE Primary School
  • “It was amazing to see what primary schools pupils can achieve, they really listened to what we were saying and came up with some excellent ideas” – Volunteer, Virgin Media
  • “It was really proud of the way we worked in a team and didn’t give up. I liked working with the people from Virgin Media and learning about how they work in a team in their job. ” – Student, Poplar Street

Thanks to Virgin Media for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from Poplar Street, Caldershaw and St Thomas’s Primary Schools 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 or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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