The School: Rotherhithe Primary

Southwark-based Rotherhithe Primary may be in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise but they have shown real dedication to developing eight core enterprise skills. Whilst some of their Key Stage 1 students have successfully completed the ‘Community Café’ project in their lesson time, others in Key Stage 2 have taken part in employer visits to top businesses across London to put those skills to the test in the world of work. Today it was the turn of 30 Year 5 students to show off their Problem Solving skills, in an inspiring venue which was the perfect fit for enterprise education.

The Business: London City Airport

London City Airport services 4.5 million passengers each year. Built in 1987 the airport is a key link to London’s financial services centre and operates flights from 12 airlines to over 45 destinations. The airport is about to implement a £350m development programme that will enable more aircraft to fly in and out and will generate 1,600 new jobs, as well as 500 jobs during the construction phase. Today, volunteers Fabienne, Barry and Mathew were the experts on hand to help the young entrepreneurs in this stretching challenge. Let’s see how they got on.

The Challenge: High Fliers

The day started with a fascinating tour of the airport terminal, including some crucial market research that would come in handy for today’s challenge. The 9- and 10-year old students were quickly placed in teams and set the challenge of rebranding a failing airline. Each team was Aiming High and working effectively together, factoring in their target market and coming up with brilliant plans to re-brand ‘Abacus Airways’.

The Results:

Working to tight deadlines, students impressed the adults in the room with their determination to make their plan a winning one. Ambitious ideas and persuasive slogans were praised throughout the challenge, and with everyone’s continuous efforts, the teams were able to produce advertising posters thanks to high levels of teamwork. At the end of the day, each team presented their work in a round of Dragons’ Den style presentation in front of our volunteers who were joined by two City Airport special judges. The adults then had the tricky task of picking a winning team, and awarded a certificate to all teams for their hard work and skill development.

What they said:

  • “The positive encouragement and the pace kept everything ticking along well. I think the students gained in teamwork on groups they would not otherwise work in.” – Teacher, Rotherhithe Primary
  • “You all showed great leadership when you made sure everyone was included in your presentation, and we liked how you shared the jobs in a fair way.” – Volunteer, London City Airport
  • “Today we had to use Problem Solving when we weren’t getting along together, but we managed to stay positive and keep at it: that’s how you show teamwork!” – Student, Rotherhithe Primary

Thanks to London City Airport for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from Rotherhithe 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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