The School:

Great Marlow School is in their second year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by participating in a ‘Future Focus‘ challenge day exploring different careers. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 10 to put their Listening and Presenting skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers in the world of Law.

The Business:

Allen & Overy’s lawyers in London advise the world’s leading businesses, financial institutions, governments and private individuals. They regularly work on complex cross-border transactions, groundbreaking legal solutions and products, and help clients resolve their most difficult disputes. They employ 5,200 people in 44 offices across 31 countries.


The Challenge: Ace Advocates

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 were introduced to their clients: the Wigglestock Birdwatchers took on Top Trains to try and negotiate their proposed new train line, while Elmington Estate Residents’ Association challenged Mega Movies, concerned about the impact of filming on the local community. Each team collected information about the case and prepared arguments. It was then time to use their Presenting skills to persuade the opposing lawyers to agree to a compromise. Listening skills were put to the test and turned out to be fundamental in reaching a final solution through the negotiation.

What they said:

  • “This was a great experience for the students that will definitely continue to have an impact back in school.” – Teacher
  • “I thought it was fantastic to see how they increased in confidence while presenting. They were very engaged with the case and wanted the best for their client.” – Volunteer
  • “It’s been a development opportunity for me as well; it’s a chance to gain a totally different perspective. Giving up an hour and half to get away from your desk do something that you know is really having an impact and changing lives is so worth it.” – Volunteer
  • “A lot of negotiations are now over the phone, so it’s even more important to be persuasive in what you are saying. This is so relevant for us.” – Volunteer
  • “We were able to work efficiently as a team in negotiation and presenting. I would now like to keep working on my creativity to come up with different ideas.” – 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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