The School: Kender Primary School

Kender Primary are developing eight core enterprise skills in their students for the fourth year in a row with Enabling Enterprise. They have done this through whole-school Challenge Days and Lesson-Time Projects such as ‘Design Company’, where students have started creating a range of school-customised memorabilia which will raise money for their community. Today a group of Year 4 pupils were especially selected to stretch their enterprise skills outside the classroom on a student campus by taking on a creative challenge in the world of academia.

The Business: University of East London (UEL)

The University of East London (UEL) became a university in 1992 with a heritage dating back to 1898. Its Royal Docks Business and Law School offers an inclusive research-led education, providing a transformational experience that enhances employment prospects for all students. Today volunteers Kathy and Patty were on hand to help the budding entrepreneurs with their Working in a Team and Using Imagination skills.

The Day: University Challenge

After getting into teams and finding out more about the UEL volunteers, the Kender students began the day by researching different areas of the campus, courses and societies within UEL. They took the opportunity to visit a lecture theatre, the student library and student services office to get a flavour of university life. The teams then returned to tackle their creative challenge with gusto: to plan a new society for the UEL Ambassadors, making sure it was both unique and popular with a range of students.

The Results:

After a well-deserved lunch break, the teams worked against the clock to design posters advertising their new society. All of the Kender students worked really hard and demonstrated great Working in a Team throughout the day. Some students showed off their excellent Leading skills to guide their groups through the tasks with both focus and consideration, whilst others were Using Imagination to the highest standard. The day culminated in a buzzing Freshers’ Fair with all of the students confidently Sharing Ideas in front of the adults in the room to persuade them to sign up to their society. The UEL judges were spoilt for choice when it came to choosing the winning team and were full of praise on how well the Kender teams used the skills on this challenge!

What they said:

  • “I think the children gained in their aspirations today – one boy said that he wished he was in secondary school, implying that he would have less time to get to Uni.” – Teacher, Kender Primary
  • “I loved the confidence you showed in our presentations and your enthusiasm – that was brilliant!” – Ambassador, UEL
  • “This team has impressed me because they have really shown how well they listened to my advice: in fact, they have made the best progress in all of the enterprise skills over the course of today.” – Ambassador, UEL
  • “This is the best trip ever because we get to share our ideas with everybody in our team and I really really enjoy that!” – Student, Kender Primary

Thanks to University of East London for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from Kender 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

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