The School:

Islington-based William Tyndale Primary is in their fifth year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by successfully completing several whole-school Challenge Days where, for example, they investigated a mysterious Crime Scene or when they designed futuristic transport prototypes for generations to come. The school is committed to enterprise education by not only embedding all eight of the essential enterprise skills into their curriculum but also by focusing on a special skill of the month. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to stretch their Using Imagination, Sharing Ideas and Problem Solving skills outside the classroom and be put to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Founded in 1942, Hammerson plc is a major British property development and investment company. A FTSE 100 company with a portfolio of retail property in the UK and France of around £7.7 billion, including 22 prime shopping centres, 22 convenient retail parks and investments in 15 premium designer outlet villages. Today volunteers Farhana, Becky and Jindy were on hand to help the budding entrepreneurs on a creative challenge in the world of work. Let’s see how they got on…

The Challenge: Retail Revelations

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 gave them insights and top tips about the variety of jobs at these offices, but also took them to a roof terrace with priceless views over the London skyline.
Taking on the role of event planners and retail developers, students were challenged to design a unique attraction for a shopping centre. They unleashed their creativity and applied their Problem Solving skills to ensure the work was completed within very tight deadlines.

The day culminated in student teams presenting their work in front of our three volunteers now turned judges. As the aspiring entrepreneurs were putting their Sharing Ideas skills to use in demonstrating their understanding of how to engage consumers and provide an overall shopping experience.

What they said:

  • “The students gained a lot from the support, encouragement and experience of working with adults who were motivational and inspiring. All were engaged and felt like they were developing all of their EE skills.” – Teacher
  • “I couldn’t do a presentation like that when I was their age. I didn’t expect that from them; I was impressed!” – Volunteer
  • “Sharing ideas is important because sometimes you think your idea is the best, but in fact, sometimes other people’s ideas are better so it’s better to go with theirs!” – 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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