The School: Rotherhithe Primary

Rotherhithe Primary, based in the London borough of Southwark, have been working with Enabling Enterprise since Autumn 2016. So far this academic year, different groups of students have been out on trips to top businesses and the whole school has taken part in a Challenge Day called Operation Moonbase, in which students created a new society on a distant moon.

Today, 30 lucky Year 3 students travelled to Bishops Square to apply enterprise skills such as Aiming High and Working in a Team in a law-themed challenge at international firm Allen & Overy.

The Business: Allen & Overy, London

Allen & Overy’s lawyers in London advise the world’s leading businesses, financial institutions, governments and private individuals. They regularly work on complex cross-border transactions, ground breaking new legal solutions and products, and help clients resolve their most difficult disputes. They employ over 5000 people across 32 different countries.

Today, volunteers from across the business were on hand to offer Rotherhithe Primary students expert advice as they took on the Ace Advocates challenge.

The Challenge: Ace Advocates

Students began the day learning about the law and how Allen & Overy work. They interviewed four different trainee lawyers and found out how they use enterprise skills in their day-to-day work. Then, they went on an exciting tour of the building, including the tenth floor terrace with views of landmarks such as the Gherkin and the Walkie-Talkie building. They found out that the firm’s sixth floor terrace is the largest in the City!

Back in the boardroom, students began working on their cases. Each team was presented with a client who had entered into a dispute with another organisation. Top Trains’ plans to build through a nature reserve had ruffled the feathers of the Wigglestock Birdwatches; Safe Supermarket’s proposed new store had upset the local Shopkeepers’ Association; and the Elmington Estate Residents’ Association was furious at plans for Mega Movies to film an action movie in their area.

The Results:

The budding lawyers Worked in Teams to research their clients and details about the case. They applied their Using Imagination and Problem Solving skills to think about whether each fact was helpful or harmful to their case, and to come up with a suggested compromise to put forward during the final negotiations.

At the end of a busy day, each legal team presented their case and Stayed Positive through two rounds of negotiations. Eventually, all three cases reached a compromise and the opposing lawyers shook hands to confirm the deals.

What they said:

  • “The children got a lot out of the activities and really developed their listening skills and ability to share ideas.” – Teacher, Rotherhithe Primary
  • “I was impressed by what they did but also the reflectiveness of their comments.” – Volunteer, Allen & Overy
  • “I want to be a laywer when I grow up – this place is so cool!” – Student, Rotherhithe Primary

Thanks to Allen & Overy for such a great trip day, and to Year 3 from Rotherhithe Primary 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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