The School: Old Moat Primary School

Old Moat Primary School are in their second year of their partnerships with Enabling Enterprise. Students from Year 1 to Year 6 develop the essential skills through lesson-time projects and challenge days. For example in October students from across the school designed vehicles suited to a range of challenging environments in the ‘Future Transport’ Challenge Day.

Today was a chance for Year 6 to put their Sharing Ideas and Using Imagination skills to the test in the world of work, with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business: Southway Housing Trust, Manchester

Southway Housing Trust own and manage almost 6,000 homes across Burnage, Chorlton, Didsbury and Withington. Southway is committed to creating sustainable communities in which people want to live, work and play. Southway provides a range of support services for residents such as support with finding employment, money management advice as well as maintenance of the homes.

The Challenge: Spread the Word

Over the course of the day pupils worked with volunteers from Southway to take part in the ‘Spread the Word’ Enterprise Challenge. They were challenged to research the work of Southway Housing Trust by interviewing employees, testing the 10- and 11-year olds’ Listening Carefully skills, and taking a tour around the offices to meet other employees from different areas of the business. Students were Aiming High as they walked round the offices, asking lots of questions to find out more about Southway.

Using Imagination skills then came to the fore when teams were tasked with creating a mascot for Southway to ‘spread the word’ to young people about the important work that they do. Once they had their mascots in place, it was time to put together a news broadcast presentation that would outline what Southway do as well as introducing their mascots to the world.

The Results:

Old Moat’s teams impressed the Southway volunteers not just with how much they learned about Southway Housing Trust but also with their Working in a Team skills. All teams had some fantastic ideas for their mascots which were perfect for spreading the word to young people, including Southey, a house-shaped mascot with two arms – one representing home repairs and the other representing looking after the environment.

The afternoon saw increasingly confident teams Sharing Ideas as they were presenting their new mascot to the Southway volunteers, now turned judges, who were very impressed at the quality of the presentations. Choosing a winning team was a tricky decision!

What they said:

  • “It’s been a really enjoyable day and there has been a clear impact on the teamwork and presentation skills as well as the confidence of our students. Children particularly enjoyed the tour, designing the mascot as well as the news broadcast and learned about many different jobs.” – Teacher, Old Moat Primary School
  • “The students were very enthusiastic! I was impressed with how much they had understood about what we do here and then apply it to their news broadcasts.” – Volunteer, Southway Housing Trust
  • “My favourite part of the day was sharing all our ideas to create our mascot. The hardest part was remembering our lines in the news broadcast.” – Student, Old Moat Primary School

Thanks to Southway Housing Trust for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from Old Moat Primary School for coming along.

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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