The School: Longlands Primary School

Sidcup-based Longlands Primary have been developing eight core enterprise skills for the third year running with Enabling Enterprise. They have done this not only through employer visits to businesses across London – for example Waitrose last term – but also through a series of Lesson-Time Projects. Building on the successes from their Challenge Days in the past, today was the chance for the whole school to put their skills to the test in a one-of-a-kind challenge.

The Challenge: Crime Scene

In a special assembly, the children learned that ‘The Sugar Snatcher’ had struck again: a criminal targeting schools across the country, stealing all the chocolate and sweet supplies from school kitchens and cupboards! Urgent help was needed to identify the culprit. Fortunately, the new police recruits from Longlands were up for the job. Working together, they collected and analysed evidence, stretched their Problem Solving skills and focused on Staying Positive as their investigation took shape.

The Results:

Throughout the day, it was brilliant to see students of all ages making links between what they already knew about the suspects and the clues they were presented with, in order to close in on their prime suspect. The enterprising detective teams even stood up in front of their classes and presented their cases, showcasing the skills they used to the highest standard. Just as the teams were proudly totalling up the points they had earned for those skills, the day culminated with a shock confession from one of the suspects. Case closed!

What they said:

  • “They’ve been able to bounce ideas off each other. When they laid out all the evidence, they were able to make links between different ideas.” – Teacher, Head of Upper Key Stage 2
  • “I discovered that I can draw because I was in the role of crime scene sketch artist. I’m really proud of that because I was out of my comfort zone – I don’t normally like drawing!” – Student, Year 6

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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

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