The School:

St. Mary’s VA is in their second year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by designing a new world on a distant galaxy in our ‘Operation: Moonbase‘ Challenge Day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to 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 head-quartered 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.


The Challenge: Tour the Law

St. Mary’s VA were excited to visit Eversheds Sutherland and find out about the different jobs and types of law that existed in the firm. The day started off with the students practicing their professional handshakes and introductions as they learnt that they were becoming Eversheds Sutherland Lawyers for the day.
After an introduction from Claire who gave them lots of information about the company, students got to interview 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 led by Gill, 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:

  • “A few children with leadership skills have emerged, some unexpected!” – Teacher
  • “We were really impressed with how engaged they were throughout the day.” – Volunteer
  • “We learnt that law is not just about telling people off! There are lots of different jobs that must be done.” – Student
  • “I am really proud of our presentation. I find talking in front of everyone really tricky but my team helped me and I didn’t give up.” – 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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