The School:

Farley Junior School is in their second academic year working with Enabling Enterprise. Last Summer term, the whole school successfully completed ‘A Day Politics’ where students formed their very own political parties from scratch, Working in a Team and Aiming High to get elected by their peers at the end of a busy enterprising day. Later this year, every year group will be taking on a Lesson-Time Project in school; but today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to apply all eight of their enterprise skills outside the classroom and put their Sharing Ideas and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a leader among international law firms and is a member of the Magic Circle of elite British law firms. Founded in 1743, it is a multinational law firm head-quartered in London, providing business law advice of the highest quality throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US.
Today, our Freshfields volunteers Charlotte, Jia, Bradley and Pete supported the budding entrepreneurs on a stretching challenge fit for aspiring lawyers.


The Challenge: Tour the Law

The day started off with on a tour of the premises led by Charlotte, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of Law. The students then had a chance to interview the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs.
After an introduction to the different types of law that exist, teams took on the role of Lawyers, exploring two different areas of law: Criminal and Business Law. They dived into two separate cases designed to put their Problem Solving skills to the test. The first challenge saw them review police evidence and then play the part of a defence lawyer to build a case for their client. In the second task, the teams of students act as mediators in a business merger, finding different possible solutions and considering the pros and cons of each.
Sharing Ideas skills were put to the test as new challenges arose, and also at the end of the day when each team presented their findings to a panel of professional judges.

What they said:

  • “Thank you for today! The kids have just flowered – it gave them the opportunity to experience things that are unlike anything they have encountered before. It was quite unique and aspirational for them, with lots of volunteers who have generously given of their time – they were good role models for the children.” – Teacher
  • “Something like this is so important for us as it’s very different from other volunteering we do – and it’s great to see the impact it has at such a young age!” – Volunteer
  • “We learnt that in Business Law you have to give each side a fair share.” – Student
  • “I was so proud of our team because we presented really confidently.” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

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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