The School:

From the London Borough of Merton, Malmesbury Primary School is in its fourth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back at school, students have been busy developing a set of eight essential enterprise skills by taking on several Challenge Days. For example, they have set up a human colony on a distant planet, demonstrated they had what it takes to do ‘Business in a Day’ and they have also investigated a mysterious ‘Crime Scene’ that happened on their very school premises! Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to stretch those same skills outside the classroom and put their Sharing Ideas and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

McMillan Williams Solicitors is one of the largest solicitor firms in the south of England. Established for almost 30 years with branches in London, Croydon, the South East and South West of England, they undertake a broad range of work including Probate and Professional Negligence, Family Law, Actions Against the Police and Criminal Law.

The Challenge: Tour the Law

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 meet lawyers from different departments including Criminal and Property, as well as meeting secretaries and paralegals. One lucky student even got the chance to take a phone call from a real client!
Taking on the role of Lawyers, students explored two different areas of law, 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 a panel of professional judges.

What they said:

  • “It’s been a good chance for them to work in a really different environment. I feel like I have learnt loads about law myself!” – Teacher
  • “I was really impressed with their questions and how much they achieved. I really wish I had had an experience like this when I was at school.” – Volunteer
  • “I definitely want to be a lawyer when I am older and come back here to work.” – 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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