The School:

Southern Road Primary School is in their sixth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills through a mixture of Lesson-Time projects during their buzzing Enterprise Weeks, as well as Challenge Days they’ve successfully completed in the past. The latest Challenge Day saw students taking on the roles of Crime Scene Investigators closing in on the ‘Sugar Snatcher’. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to stretch 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:

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.


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:

  • “Today was fast-paced, motivating and fun! Packed with interesting insight into the legal system and different areas of law. The challenge was very well thought out so students could get stuck in and utilise EE Skills.” – Teacher
  • “You could see the impact on the team dynamics, with students remembering to take turns and see the benefit of having a team leader. They really enjoyed the day and felt very special to be in a ‘real’ workplace supported by approachable staff form the firm.’- Teacher
  • “This is a great initiative – soft skills are very important and need to go hand-in-hand with academic skills.” – Volunteer
  • “The kids were really engaged, enthusiastic and willing to get involved. The balance between criminal and business law tasks was good and students used different skill sets in each.” – Volunteer
  • “I really enjoyed resolving the problem of which stores to close because there were lots of things to think about.” – Student
  • “The best thing was presenting at the end – we all tried to do a very good job.” – 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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