The School: John Perryn Primary School

John Perryn Primary School, based in North Acton, have been working with Enabling Enterprise for the past three years as a partner primary school. The school is committed to developing the enterprise skills and aspirations of their students, and has recently completed their first enterprise week, with students from Years 1 to 6 taking part in projects and celebrations. Today, students from Year 6 were keen to put those skills to the test, particularly their Leading and Sharing Ideas, at a top real estate company in the heart of London’s West End.

The Business: JLL, Warwick Street, London

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, or JLL, is a professional services and investment management company specialising in real estate. JLL employ more than 58,000 people in more than 1,000 locations in 80 countries. Alongside construction, development and property management, JLL also offers a range of financial services.

Volunteers from different areas of the business, including marketing, residential lettings and sustainability, joined the students throughout the day to offer expert advice and to share how they use enterprise skills in their day-to-day work.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

After an introduction to our volunteers and a chance to find out more about how they use the enterprise skills in their roles at JLL, the children were taken on a fantastic tour of the offices. During this, students visited the Creative Zone to see members of the marketing team Sharing Ideas and Working in a Team in the ‘Outdoors Indoors’ zone, located their school on the giant global positioning screens and saw complex building models and plans. The teams were then ready to take on the Brilliant Build enterprise challenge.

The area of Bogsby has a brownfield site in the centre of the community. Working in a Team, the challenge was to redevelop the land and create a space that would benefit the local people and the environment. Before Sharing Ideas and deciding on what they were going to construct, teams needed to Listen Carefully to the needs of the people of Bogsby and ensure that the new development was environmentally friendly. After building a model of their planned building, the teams ended the day by presenting their ideas to a judging panel of JLL employees.

The Results:

Throughout the challenge, students demonstrated fantastic Leading skills. Each team member had their chance to shine as team leader by guiding their team to Aim High and Stay Positive when faced with different problems and challenges.

At the end of the day, we were also joined by our special guest judge, Richard Batten, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at JLL and responsible for ensuring sustainability in JLL’s projects around the world. He was particularly keen to hear the students’ ideas and to take these into his own planning for redevelopment sites across the globe. The students Shared Their Ideas effectively in a series of trade fair-style pitches and used persuasive language to demonstrate how their building development catered to the needs of various members of the local community. With some very strong presentation skills and a huge amount of creativity on display, making the final call for the winning group was a tough task and the judges deliberated long and hard before finally deciding which group had impressed throughout the day and had put together the strongest design and presentation.

What they said:

  • “All the children were involved and had a good understanding of the task ahead, with some great ideas to stimulate them. They have worked together to share ideas and will now be able to think of different ways of working.” – Teachers, John Perryn Primary School
  • “We listened to each other’s ideas and stayed positive by looking on the bright side and taking the best parts of everyone’s ideas.” – Student, John Perryn Primary School
  • “I loved their enthusiasm and ideas; it was very refreshing. I was really impressed by their lateral thinking as they came up with suggestions and ideas that were inventive and creative in a way that sometimes we don’t always manage to come up with.” – Volunteer, JLL
  • “Usually, I haven’t always been listening to other people’s ideas but today I was listening to others and I discovered that your own ideas are not always the best.” – Student, John Perryn Primary School

Thanks to JLL for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from John Perryn Primary for coming along and making it so enjoyable.

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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