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The School: Shaftesbury Park Primary
Wandsworth-based Shaftesbury Park Primary School may be in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise, but the Lesson-Time Projects they have been working on enable their students to stretch their Working in a Team in a variety of contexts. Last November the whole school took on the Operation: Moonbase challenge, to set up a new human colony on a distant planet.
Since then, Year 5 have been making plans for a new podcast series that they will launch week-by-week over the Summer term as part of their Going Live project. Today was the chance for a selection of Year 5 to apply their creativity in the world of work by visiting an exciting tech company.
The Business: Yoti, London
Yoti is a company whose aim is to be the world’s trusted identity system, for individuals and businesses. Their passionate team of software developers, security consultants and other clever minds work to improve the way people share their personal information, online and in person. Several volunteers from Yoti were on hand from different departments within the business to help the budding entrepreneurs hone in on Problem Solving and Sharing Ideas. Let’s see how they got on.
The Challenge: Tech-Xperts
The students split into teams to learn how communication apps are used in everyday life and in the workplace. They explored the different barriers companies may face when communicating. They were then given their brief to design an app to aid communication for employees at Yoti. Once they had designed their app, its name and logo, they shared out roles within their teams to bring their project to life in a series of design mock-ups that they would later present in a Tech Trade Fair.
The students did not waste a moment: they were keen from the off to find out all they could about Yoti and the volunteers. Questions relating to the business itself, their specific jobs and the essential skills required to work at Yoti were explored and a tour of the workplace ensured all students had a flavour of life at Yoti. Now armed with valuable information, the students got creative and worked against the clock to complete the fast-paced tasks in time. School adults, Yoti volunteers and EE staff alike were impressed at the range of ideas and their inclusive ethos, especially since half the teams decided to invent an app geared towards people with hearing impairments. The day culminated in a buzzing Trade Fair where the ever-growing level of confidence was highlighted by the Yoti judges.
What they said:
- “The day was super-efficient with excellent organisation and felt tailored to our specific class. The use of EE skills was reinforced and modelled well, and I like the fact that the children were shown that the values we aim to develop apply to the workplace, not just school.” – Teacher, Shaftesbury Park
- “The size of the teams was perfect and the challenge kept them all engaged.” – Volunteer, Yoti
- “You could really see the improvement as they went through the day. Children that were quiet or shy at the beginning really came out of their shells and were speaking confidently in the presentations.” – Volunteer, Yoti
- “We all had great ideas but worked together to combine them.” – Student, Shaftesbury Park
Thanks to Yoti for such a fantastic trip day, and to Year 5 Shaftesbury Park 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