The School: Old Moat Primary School

In their first year working with Enabling Enterprise, the students of Old Moat arrived, excited and determined to succeed. Following on from a successful Challenge Day back at school where they were investigating a crime, 18 pupils from Year 4 made up 4 teams vying for the title of ‘best lawyers in town’. Immediately showing fantastic Working in a Team skills, the teams were Listening Carefully and Sharing Ideas as they began their challenge, meeting the volunteers from Addleshaw Goddard who would guide them through the day’s tasks.

The Business: Addleshaw Goddard, Manchester

Addleshaw Goddard is an international, corporate law firm headquartered in London with offices in Leeds and Manchester. They employ 750 lawyers focusing on commercial, corporate and employment law. Today’s trip was held at their impressive, new offices in the heart of Manchester City Centre.

The Challenge: Ace Advocates

Inspired by the volunteers from Addleshaw Goddard, teams formed a company of passionate solicitors, representing a client in a highly contentious negotiation task. Working against another team, the groups were Aiming High and Staying Positive when given a wide range of key information about their particular case, creating a persuasive presentation to convince the judges of their argument. As a true test of Problem Solving and Leading, ‘Ace Advocates’ gave the students a chance to work together to find a solution for their client in a challenging disagreement.

The Results:

All of the volunteers and teachers were blown away by the presenting skills of the newly formed teams. With a mix of year groups in each would-be law firm, the children clearly grew throughout the day in their ability to work with children they did not know well and solve problems together. Every child participated in the final negotiations, compromising to find a final agreement with their opposition. The all-round fantastic work made it very difficult for the volunteers to judge which team they believed made the most compelling arguments and showed confidence and drive.

What they said:

  • “It’s fantastic to be able to step back and observe the children. Some of the relationships and strengths you see are really surprising.” – Teacher, Old Moat Primary School
  • “It was a really good day. I’ve done this before and it’s always been worthwhile. The kids got so much out of it today.” – Volunteer, Addleshaw Goddard
  • “I really enjoyed the whole day, but I was most proud of how my team worked together.” – Year 4 Student, Old Moat Primary School

Thanks to Addleshaw Goddard for such a great trip day, and to the Year 4 pupils from Old Moat Primary School for coming along.

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