The School: Shaftesbury Park Primary School

Located in the London Borough of Wandsworth, Shaftesbury Park Primary School are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. They have been successfully developing eight core enterprise skills in their students not only through a whole-school Challenge Day called ‘Operation: Moonbase’ – where students set up a human colony from scratch on a distant planet – but also through Lesson-Time Projects such as ‘Construction Counts’ and ‘Legal Eagles’, which was the perfect precursor to today’s challenge for these would-be lawyers from Year 6. A special selection of students came the heart of the city today to put their enterprise skills to the test in the legal sector. Let’s find out how they did.

The Business: Hogan Lovells, London

Hogan Lovells is an international law firm employing 2,500 lawyers across six continents. They solve tough legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. They deliver practical advice and legal solutions for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. Today several volunteers from the business were on hand to help the budding entrepreneurs hone in on Working in a Team and Sharing Ideas.

The Challenge: Ace Advocates

The teams began their day with an introduction to Hogan Lovells followed by a round of Q&A’s to the Hogan Lovells volunteers to find out more about their jobs and how they might use the enterprise skills in their day-to-day work. After learning about the differences between criminal law and civil law, the students considered how important Listening Carefully would be in order to achieve success in today’s challenge. They were quick to come to offer help to their respective clients and took on the role of aspiring lawyers, solicitors and negotiators for the day while Working in a Team to prepare their case.

The Results:

Throughout the whole challenge, students were Aiming High as they worked to tight deadlines. It was important for each team to use persuasive language when Sharing Ideas as they were joined by more volunteers in the afternoon. The adults from Hogan Lovells, who helped opposing teams on their cases, then turned into judges, listening to persuasive presentations being delivered to them. Reaching a compromise proved less straightforward than expected for a couple of the would-be law firms. Still, the adults couldn’t resist awarding each team a special enterprise skill certificate at the end of the day since all the students demonstrated so much dedication!

What they said:

  • “I’m really impressed with the way they’ve taken on the activity and with their confidence and creativity when presenting their ideas.” – Headteacher, Shaftesbury Park
  • “The structure of the day and the support from the volunteers were great. And I liked how the resources constantly reminded them of the skills. Also, I think it was good for the children to see that opportunities were possible for them.” – Teacher, Shaftesbury Park
  • “The kids got so much out of working in small teams, and I thought they were so good at supporting each other as well. That final presentation was a real demonstration of everything they’ve done!” – Volunteer, Hogan Lovells
  • “We have come to the conclusion of this great compromise: Top Trains would like to build the train line through a different village but will give the RSPB a one-off payment of £250k to look after the birds.” – Student, Shaftesbury Park

Thanks to Hogan Lovells for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from 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

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