The School: Brunswick Park Primary and Nursery School

Based in Barnet, Brunswick Park Primary School have been working in partnership with Enabling Enterprise for many years. Alongside developing core enterprise skills through Lesson-Time Projects, students also demonstrated fantastic Using Imagination, Working in a Team and Problem-Solving skills on their ‘Operation Moonbase’ Challenge Day last year.

Today, it was the turn of Year 5 students to take on the role of property developers as they took their Problem-Solving and Staying Positive skills to the next level!

The Business: Savills, London

Savills plc is a global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. They have an international network of more than 700 offices and associates throughout the Americas, the UK, continental Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, offering a broad range of specialist advisory, management and transactional services to clients all over the world. Savills people combine entrepreneurial spirit and a deep understanding of specialist property sectors with the highest standards of client care.

Brunswick Park’s newest property developers were today joined by 12 Savills volunteers who were taking part in leadership training around motivation which they put straight into practice by being brilliantly enthusiastic and positive with the Year 5 students.

The Challenge: Decisive Developers

After finding out more about Savills and the volunteers’ roles, responsibilities and the enterprise skills required, a tour of the premises by 2 new Savills employees allowed teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of property and how Savills employees were putting their skills into action, particularly those of Working in a Team and Listening.

Taking on the role of developers, students were then challenged to apply their Problem-Solving skills to firstly establish on which site to choose to build their new tall building. Taking the location and needs of the community on board, teams worked together to build a tower that satisfied the build criteria. Listening to the advice of the volunteers, teams thought about the eco-friendly features their new builing would include, as well the all important community space. During the build, teams’ Staying Positive skills were put to the test as new challenges arose, each putting the developers’ decision-making (and budgets) under strain!

The Results:

The day culminated in teams pitching their plans for redevelopment to the Savills judges in a Trade Fair style showdown. The Savills volunteers were able to see the different ideas that teams had come up with and questioned them on how they’d applied their Problem Solving skills throughout the day. . A number were also commended on their ability to Stay Positive despite encountering difficulties during the tasks! At the very end of the day, the Savills volunteers gave some useful feedback to teams, commending them not only on their towers but Staying Positive despite setbacks!

What they said:

  • “It’s just really great to see them out of school and interacting with other adults” – Teacher, Brunswick Park
  • “I think it’s been great to think about how this might affect my future, maybe now I will work in a team here when I gro up” – Student, Brunswick Park
  • “When I was their age, I could never have done what they did today – it was incredibly impressive!” – Volunteer, Savills
  • “They’ve had a real taste for the job today, seeing a project from ideas to building – this is what we do every day and they’ve managed it” – Volunteer, Savills

Thanks to Savills for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 students from Brunswick Park Primary School for coming along and making it so memorable!

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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