The School:

E-Act Blackley Academy is in their first year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students will soon be developing their Enterprise Skills by running Lesson Time Projects in all year groups and will be taking part in an exciting Challenge Day in November. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to put their Sharing Ideas and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Mills & Reeve LLP is a British law firm headquartered in London. It employs around 900 staff, including over 400 lawyers and 114 partners. As a law firm it embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement.

The Challenge: Tour the Law

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of Law.
Taking on the role of Lawyers, students explored two different areas of law, Criminal and Business Law through separate cases designed to put their Problem Solving skills to the test. The first case 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 acted 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:

  • “The pupils have been fantastic today. They are from different classes and don’t normally work together but you would never have known: they worked together so well.” – Teacher
  • “The children were impeccably behaved and those that lacked confidence at the beginning, grew into the day with encouragement from their peers and us, as volunteers. The presentation is a tough thing to do. There are plenty of senior professionals who find it intimidating but they worked hard and again the support for each other was great.” – Volunteer
  • “I’m really proud of facing my fears today and doing things that scare me.” – Student
  • “I really liked my team. We listened to each other and helped each other.” – 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

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