The Schools: Royton Hall Primary School, Rushbank Primary Academy, St Patrick’s RC Primary and St Paul’s Astley Bridge

Today, four North West primary schools had their first taste of Enabling Enterprise. It was great to have schools from Rochdale, Bolton, Gorton and Manchester come together to develop their Enterprise Skills in the City Centre. It was a unique opportunity for Year 5 and 6 pupils to develop their Working in a Team skills with students they had only just met.

The Business: Eversheds Sutherland, Manchester

Eversheds Sutherland is a British multinational law firm head-quartered 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 Manchester office have been hosting Enabling Enterprise trips for over a year now and the impressive offices and supportive staff never fail to inspire pupils.

The Challenge: Ace Advocates

A lot was at stake today, the pupils had to form their own law firms and ensure they were Listening Carefully in order to understand the needs of their client and to anticipate what the other side might argue. This task involved Sharing Ideas and Problem Solving in order to distinguish between the information that would help their case and that which would hinder it. They then had to ensure they were Using Imagination in order to come up with an appropriate compromise that would please all parties. Thankfully the Eversheds Sutherland volunteers were on hand to help with Staying Positive when the clock was ticking and the pressure was mounting.

The Results:

Aiming High was the name of the game when the pupils stood up to show off their Presenting skills by arguing their side of the case. It was great to see their persuasive language in action as they tried their best to win the support of the judges. Although the opposing sides did not find an exact case compromise, it was great to see students Leading their own learning and being determined to do the best they could to win the day.

What they said:

  • “It’s great to have opportunity to see them working with students from different schools and having to quickly build their team work skills.” – Teacher, St Paul’s Astley Bridge
  • “Brilliant day for both the students and myself as a volunteer. It’s great to see an organisation engaging with pupils from such a young age and getting them thinking about their future.” – Volunteer, Eversheds Sutherland
  • “We definitely used various skills, for example, listening to each other and making sure that everyone’s ideas were included. We also used our imagination to build a balanced argument.” – Student, St Patrick’s RC Primary

Thanks to Eversheds Sutherlands for such a great trip day, and to Years 5 and 6 from Royton Hall Primary School, Rushbank Primary Academy, St Patrick’s RC Primary and St Paul’s Astley Bridge

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