The School: Becontree Primary School

From Barking and Dagenham, Becontree Primary have been developing eight core enterprise skills in their students for the second year in a row with Enabling Enterprise. They have done this through whole-school Challenge Days like ‘Future Transport’ earlier this year, and Lesson-Time Projects such as ‘Postal Service’ all set up by Year 1 pupils. Today a group of Year 5 students were selected to stretch their enterprise skills outside of 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 transformative experience that enhances employment prospects for all students. Today the budding entrepreneurs were exploring the campus to stretch their Working in a Team and Using Imagination skills. Let’s find out how they did.

The Day: University Challenge

After getting into teams and finding out more about UEL, the Becontree students began the day by researching different areas of the campus, courses and societies within the University. A brief tour gave them the opportunity to visit a lecture theatre, the student library and some of the breakout areas including views over the nearby City Airport, giving them a flavour of university life. The teams then returned to tackle their creative challenge with gusto: to plan a new society for the University of East London, making sure it was both unique and popular for a range of students at UEL.

The Results:

After a well-deserved lunch break, the teams worked against the clock to design posters advertising their new society. All of the Becontree students worked really hard and demonstrated not only the ability of Working in a Team throughout the day but also some fantastic Leading skills. It was heart-warming to see how some students had a very inclusive attitude in 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 to their peers to persuade them to sign up to their society. The adults then had the difficult task of choosing a winning team, but all the students worked so hard that each team was awarded a certificate for the enterprise skills they had showed off.

What they said:

  • “All children enjoyed the set task and were involved in all aspects of the day. I think today also improved their teamwork and leadership skills.” – Teacher, Becontree Primary
  • “When you first come up with a team name, not everyone likes it but then you all add words and take some away, and eventually you come up with something that everyone is happy with.” – Student, Becontree Primary

Thanks to University of East London for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from Becontree 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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