The School:

Located in Hall Green, Birmingham, Yorkmead Primary is in its third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, Year 6 students, as part of their ‘Crime and Punishment’ topic, proudly solved a mysterious ‘Crime Scene challenge last December’. This term, classes across the school will soon be embarking on their Lesson-Time Projects to support the development of their essential skills. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for a selection of those students to stretch all eight of their essential enterprise skills outside the classroom, particularly putting their Sharing Ideas and Problem Solving skills to the test in the world of work, with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Gowling WLG is a Global 100 legal practice, with over 1,400 legal professionals and a range of dedicated business support teams across 19 cities in the UK, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Today’s volunteers Abbie, Catriona, Jad, Lucielle, Maisie, Will and Zidane, came from a variety of departments within the business to help the budding entrepreneurs on this legal challenge.

The Challenge: Tour the Law


The day began with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their very specific jobs. Students then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs within a Law firm in order to make things run smoothly.


Taking on the role of Lawyers, the 10 and 11 year olds, explored Criminal and Business Law through 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 the Gowling experts.

What they said:

  • “The volunteers engaged with the children really well and our children gained in self-belief and aspirations, especially on the tour of the building. The children also gained an understanding of how to achieve their goals using different routes.” – Teacher
  • “They were all so well-behaved! And very engaged too!” – Volunteer
  • “You were incredible – I wouldn’t have been able to do this at your age: stand up and do a presentation in front of an audience like that… Very well done!” – Volunteer
  • “I would definitely recommend this day to other people – it’s very rewarding.” – Volunteer
  • “This challenge is good because you get to learn about the different types of law. I’ve learned loads.” – Student
  • “My favourite part was talking to all the different adults and finding out about their jobs. I’d like to work here.” – 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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