The School: Ambler Primary School

Ambler Primary School in Islington have just begun to work with Enabling Enterprise. Later in the summer, they will be completing a whole school Challenge Day and projects in their classes, where they will need to work in teams to develop their enterprise skills in line with their DREAM values. Today was the very first exciting experience for these lucky Year 5 students to learn about and apply their communication skills in a professional London law firm.

The Business: Eversheds Sutherland, London

Eversheds Sutherland is a British multinational law firm head-quartered in London. It is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, with over 40 offices based in the world’s major economic centres. They employ just under 3,000 people, which includes around 1,220 lawyers. The volunteers today were not only solicitors, but also involved in facilities management and other roles which support the entire organisation.

The Challenge: Ace Advocates

Students began the day learning about the law and what it is like to work at Eversheds Sutherland. They interviewed the volunteers 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 roof with a beehive, garden and amazing views across 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’ plan to build a railway through a nature reserve had ruffled the feathers of the Wigglestock Birdwatchers; Safe Supermarket’s proposed new store had upset the local Shopkeepers’ Association; and members of the Elmington Estate Residents’ Association were furious at plans for Mega Movies to film an action movie in their area. Could our Ambler lawyers help them resolve their differences?

The Results:

After gathering evidence from each case file, the aspiring lawyers took turns to present their strongest arguments and compromises. They then entered the negotiations to advocate on behalf of their clients. All six teams demonstrated their skills at Staying Positive and Sharing Ideas by planning and delivering their presentations in a fast-paced environment. At times, there was such determination and persuasiveness from our enterprising lawyers on both sides that no agreement could be reached despite the creativity in the proposed compromises. The clients they represented would have been proud of them for such Aiming High skills!

What they said:

  • “This experience of working in a professional setting is a great chance to raise student aspirations.” – Teacher, Ambler Primary School
  • “Their creativity with some of the compromises was impressive. It really showed improvement across the day and some quick thinking!” – Volunteer, Eversheds Sutherland
  • “I’m really proud of our team and the arguments we came up with because they had everyone’s ideas in; we all contributed.” – Student, Ambler Primary School

Thanks to Eversheds Sutherland for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from Ambler 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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