The School: Fryent Primary School

Fryent Primary are in their second year of their Enabling Enterprise partnership. The school took part in the Creative Spaces Challenge Day where they showed off their Problem Solving and Using Imagination skills.

Today’s trip was a chance for Year 6 students to put their enterprise skills to the test once again, as they embarked on an exciting challenge at international law firm Baker McKenzie.

The Business: Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is an international law firm employing over 4,000 lawyers across 47 countries. Their clients range from global firms, including Sony and British Airways, to high net-worth individuals, including professional footballers. Today we were not only joined by volunteers from Baker McKenzie but also from their client, the transnational consumer goods provider, Unilever. This gave Year 6 a good perspective of the client needed to build strong relationships before completing their challenge.

The Challenge: Ace Advocates

The teams began their day with an introduction to Baker McKenzie followed by an insightful tour of the premises, including the canteen, office spaces and the chance to meet teams of employees they were able to interview on the way. After learning about the differences between civil and criminal law, the students quickly demonstrated that Listening and Understanding was a skill they had in abundance. They were then introduced to their clients and took on the role of aspiring lawyers for the day while Working in a Team to prepare their case.

The Results:

At the end of the day, each team of solicitors presented passionately in favour of their client before trying to reach a compromise with the opposing side. It was brilliant to see the Fryent Primary teams using their Sharing Ideas skills and creatively Problem Solving to negotiate and try and find a solution that everyone was happy with.

What they said:

  • “I think I want to teach primary enterprise full time! I have been amazed at what they did today, they took on so much.” – Volunteer, Baker McKenzie
  • “It is good to take them somewhere so out of their comfort zone, so they get to experience something so different.” – Deputy Headteacher, Fryent Primary School
  • “It is great for the children to be introduced to adults that aren’t their parents or regular teachers. It broadens their perspective and understanding of the skills they need to succeed.” – Volunteer, Unilever
  • “The projects we do at school made me a more confident presenter and today was a chance to practice in front of people I didn’t know, ” – Student, Fryent Primary School

Thanks to Baker McKenzie for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from Fryent Primary School for coming along and making it so enjoyable.

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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