The School:

Brimsdown Primary School is in their second year working with Enabling Enterprise. Last year students developed their Enterprise Skills by taking part in a whole-school Challenge Day where they formed their very own political parties from scratch – all in a school day! Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers from the construction industry: Anthology, Higgins and Wates.

The Business:

Anthology specialises in large-scale residential development in London. At the heart of their approach is enhancing neighbourhoods, celebrating the people, their stories and the culture that makes the city such an exciting place to live. On the Hoxton Press site, the Brimsdown students were lucky enough to be joined by 7 volunteers with a wide range of roles from Marketing to Sales to Construction.


The Challenge: Decisive Developers

The day started off with the Year 6 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 marketing suite where they saw a model of the two towers being built and got the chance to walk around a finished flat!
Taking on the role of Developers, the Brimsdown students were then challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to decide on the site where they were going to build their new tall building. Taking the location and needs of the community on board, teams then worked together to build a tower using limited materials. During the build, the teams’ Staying Positive skills were put to the test as new challenges arose, which put the developers’ budgets under strain.
The day culminated in the Year 6 teams pitching their plan for development to the judges to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “From the beginning of the session the children began to grow in confidence, speaking to adults they didn’t know, to then thinking of related questions to ask. They worked well in teams and their listening improved over the course of the day too.” – Teacher
  • “The students have grown in confidence so much today from when they first arrived to the presentations just now, it’s great to see the impact of the trip!” – Volunteer
  • “It’s really nice having these children curious about what I do, asking me about my work and the fact that I am also a woman got them curious about the nature of my job.” – Volunteer
  • “Today is a good day because I’m usually shy, but because of this trip I learned how to share my ideas to others.” – Student
  • “I learned to stay positive because every time we had a problem, we didn’t give up, we tried again to work together.” – 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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