The School:

Based in the London Borough of Hackney, Princess May Primary School is in its third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Last year, the whole school successfully completed ‘A Day in Politics’ where students formed their very own political parties from scratch, Working in a Team and Aiming High to get elected by their peers at the end of a busy enterprising day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to stretch all eight of their essential enterprise skills outside the classroom and put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

The British Land Company plc is one of the largest property development and investment companies in the United Kingdom. Today from the Broadgate site near Liverpool Street station, an array of volunteers from many different departments were on hand, including Project Managers, Community Liaison Manager, Finance Manager, Asset Manager and Senior Project Director.

The Challenge: Decisive Developers

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 site, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of construction. Children were even lucky to sit in one of the diggers used on site!

Back in the room, the Princess May students took on the role of aspiring developers and project managers and were challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to establish on which site to choose to build a new tall building. Taking the location and needs of the community on board, teams then worked within tight deadlines 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 teams pitching their plan for development to the volunteers who were also joined by three additional judges. The adults posed as local and new residents, to see if their building was suitable for construction – the 8 and 9 year olds certainly made it tough for our judges to pick a winning team!

What they said:

  • “It was a really enjoyable day. The project was made tangible with great resources for the children. Also there were excellent volunteers: they were helpful and inspiring for the children to talk to and work with people in the industry. I think the children have gained in teamwork skills, especially as the volunteers supported them and enabled the teams to work effectively. They learned perseverance as they got to apply the skills they have learnt.” – Teacher
  • “I really liked the ideas they had and how creative they were.” – Volunteer
  • “If I had to do a presentation, I would have felt really nervous, never mind being aged 8 or 9! But they were really good.” – Volunteer
  • “I was proud that I made a mistake in my part of the presentation but kept going anyway. I just kept trying.” – Student
  • “My favourite part of the day was all of it. It was fun to work with different people from this site.” – 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

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