The School: John Perryn Primary School, Acton

John Perryn Primary School based in Acton, have been working with Enabling Enterprise for three years as a Partner Primary School. The school has previously completed the ‘Crime Scene Challenge’ and ‘A Day in Politics’ challenge days. The school is committed to enterprise education in their curriculum and value Enabling Enterprise’s ‘exciting and engaging way for the school to work together and use their enterprise skills.’

The Business: Oliver Wyman, London

Oliver Wyman is an international management consultancy company, helping businesses to solve their biggest challenges. Most recently, this has included the re-branding of Starbucks and McDonalds. They have over 50 offices across 26 countries and have over 4000 professionals helping their clients optimise their businesses. Today, a range of employees from Oliver Wyman were on hand to lead a fun-packed challenge designed to explore the world of business and help the budding entrepreneurs hone in on all eight of the enterprise skills.

The Challenge: High Flyers

Students met their volunteers and asked them lots of questions about their role at Oliver Wyman and how they use the enterprise skills at work. After finding out more about the consultancy business, the mixed teams of students were set the task of rebranding a failing airline and coming up with a new marketing campaign to support the rejuvenation of the airline. They learnt about the importance of a catchy tag line, Using Imagination and choosing their target markets wisely. The students then Working in a Team, designing their campaign posters and Sharing Ideas to come up with the most persuasive slogans.

The Results:

The teams were quick to use their Problem Solving and Sharing Ideas in their teams, to identify how they would rebrand their airline. Working in a Team and effective Leading skills were crucial for meeting their deadlines, but the students excelled at Staying Positive as they completed their challenge. At the end of the day, the groups pitched their ideas to the CEO of the airline, who had an incredibly hard job choosing the winning team.

What they said:

  • “A fantastic opportunity for our students to meet people from this industry and learn more about skills.” – Teacher, John Perryn Primary School
  • “I was amazed by the ideas that the students were coming up with. Amazing imagination skills being developed!” – Volunteer, Oliver Wyman
  • “I usually don’t like to work in a team but I really enjoyed working on this challenge with others from my class.” – Student, John Perryn Primary School

Thanks to Oliver Wyman for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from John Perryn Primary School for coming along.

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