The School: Priestmead Primary School

Priestmead Primary School in Harrow, North London are an Enabling Enterprise partner school. This means that students take part in projects throughout the year, all focused on developing enterprise skills such as Staying Positive and Using Imagination. As part of the programme, the whole school took on the role of police recruits in November as part of their Crime Scene Challenge Day and today, the Year 3 students would need to become solicitors on their exciting visit to Addleshaw Goddard.

The Business: Addleshaw Goddard, London

Addleshaw Goddard is an international law firm with headquarters in London and other offices in Leeds and Manchester. Working with clients from a range of sectors and offering a range of job opportunities from a Trainee Solicitor to HR Manager, they demonstrate the variety offered by an employer and the skills needed to succeed. They employ 750 lawyers focusing on commercial, corporate and employment law, which means the volunteers at hand today were the perfect experts for our budding entrepreneurs in this negotiation exercise.

The Challenge: Ace Advocates

Students began the day learning about law and how Addleshaw Goddard operate. This included interviewing the volunteers and a guided tour of the different departments, within the fabulous premises. Then, they were set the challenge of taking on the roles of solicitors and lawyers, advocating on behalf of their client in two different disputes. The first case saw Top Trains opposing the Wigglestock Birdwatchers, while the second case included a disagreement between Mega Movies and the Elmington Residents Association. The students needed to use their Problem Solving skills while Working in a Team to meet this challenging task!

The Results:

After gathering evidence from each case file, the aspiring lawyers took turns at Sharing Ideas to present their strongest arguments and compromises. They then entered the negotiation to advocate on behalf of their clients. Both teams were able to agree on a compromise by Listening Carefully to each other. The students demonstrated great confidence in their cases and the Addleshaw Goddard judges were in awe of the quality shown by such young students.

What they said:

  • “It was an excellent workshop in every aspect – great location and opportunity for children to work with different adults on interesting cases.” – Teacher, Priestmead Primary School
  • “They were showing lots of support for each other which was very sweet.” – Volunteer, Addleshaw Goddard
  • “They were so willing to put their hand up and answer questions!” – Volunteer, Addleshaw Goddard
  • “Our team listened nicely and stood up for each other.” – Student, Priestmead Primary School
  • “My favourite part of the day was the tour of the big building and finding out about the volunteers’ jobs.” – Student, Priestmead Primary School

Thanks to Addleshaw Goddard for such a great trip day, and to Year 3 from Priestmead Primary School 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 enablingenterprise.org

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