The School:

Riverside are in their first year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students are looking forward to taking part in their first Challenge Day in May where they will have the opportunity to put their skills to the test in Operation Moonbase. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 8 & 9 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Clifford Chance is a multinational law firm. It is one of the ten largest law firms in the world and employs over 3,400 lawyers.


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 Essential 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 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 act 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:

  • “I’ve really enjoyed working with these students throughout the day – they’ve really applied the skills you’re teaching them” – Volunteer
  • “I’m pleased that I got up to do the presentation because I was really nervous. Even though I think I mixed up the words a bit it doesn’t matter really, I’m proud anyway” – Student
  • “I had no idea it was like this inside a law firm!” – 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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