The School:

Based in the London Borough of Ealing, John Perryn Primary is in their fifth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by successfully running Lesson-Time Projects as well as taking part in whole-school Challenge Days where they designed an imaginative range of futuristic vehicles, or when they investigated a mysterious Crime Scene in school. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to stretch all eight of their essential 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:

Founded in 1846, Bird & Bird have over 1100 lawyers in 27 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia; their head office is in London. They have a focus on strategic commercial issues and have won numerous awards for the quality of the legal work they provide.

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 . It was also a great chance to get top tips about teamwork in the world of work, and also enjoy the incredible views over the London skyline.
Back in the boardroom, teams took on the role of Lawyers, exploring two different areas of law: Criminal and Business Law, through 2 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 volunteers were keen and enthusiastic and the children were all engaged. The day was very well-structured and I think they’ve gained not just in their teamwork skills but also in confidence in speaking. The activities also encouraged them to think outside the box. I think the whole day raised their aspirations: I can say this is the best experience for them because they will be talking about it all week and all weekend, and there’s an incredible buzz they are taking back to school with them!” – Teacher
  • “I’ve seen a completely different side to the children today: usually in class they are always talking over each other, but today they’ve really listened!” – Volunteer
  • “Your presentations were very professional, very detailed and you made really good eye contact. Also, we loved that you made it fun!” – Volunteer
  • “It was an amazing day, very interactive! I liked the diversity of the characters very much.” – Volunteer
  • “Today we’ve learnt that laws are made to keep everyone safe, and even businesses.” – 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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