The School:

Immaculate Heart of Mary is in their first year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in Lesson Time Projects and an exciting ‘Level Up!’ Challenge Day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to put their Sharing Ideas and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Eversheds Sutherland is an international law firm head-quartered in London. It is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, with over 40 offices based in the world’s major economic centres. They employ just under 3,000 people, which includes around 1,220 lawyers. The impressive Leeds office was the venue for the day’s challenge with lawyers from departments across the firm giving up their time to support the children in a tricky task.


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:

  • “The students were fantastic today and stayed so engaged throughout. It was inspiring for them to have the opportunity to visit a real law firm.” – Teacher
  • “The energy that Billy and Claire bring to the day is brilliant – It’s a great learning experience for the students and volunteers alike.” – Volunteer
  • “We’re really proud of our teamwork because as Billy [EE Associate] said at the beginning, the first challenge was working with new people. We wouldn’t have chosen to work with each other in class and it’s really good to have the opportunity to do it here and learn we can work with anyone if we try and know how to work well as a team.” – Student
  • “Today has made us really think of what law is and how it works. Laws are there to keep us safe and keep everything fair. I think I want to be a lawyer.” – 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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