The School:

Fossdene Primary School is in their third academic year working with Enabling Enterprise. Last Spring 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. The group of Year 6 students who came today will soon be busy working on the ‘Legal Eagles’ Lesson-Time Project back at school, and so today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity 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:

Eversheds Sutherland is a British multinational law firm headquartered 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.
Today, Eversheds Sutherland volunteers Peter, Ben, Inaya, Julia, Mariya, Pam, Jia, Jonathan and Lea supported the students on a stretching challenge fit for aspiring lawyers.

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 including a roof garden from where they were able to appreciate priceless views over the City’s skyline.
Back in the room, students took on the role of Lawyers, exploring 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:

  • “It was a brilliant day – Enabling Enterprise were stunning!” – Teacher
  • “The mixed teams worked well, and children were engaged throughout. It was good that they were able to explore a different side to law through business law.” – Volunteer
  • “Eversheds made us feel very welcome. I’d like to work here when I’m older.” – 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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