The School:

Located in Crumpsall, North Manchester, St Anne’s RC Primary School is in its second full year working with Enabling Enterprise, developing a set of essential skills in their students through Lesson-Time Projects, but also through employer visits to top businesses across Manchester. The school has also completed Challenge Days such as ‘A Day in Politics’ this year, where students formed their very own political parties to solve problems for our society. Today, students from Year 5 and 6 came together to stretch those same skills outside the classroom and experience a day of enterprise education at the heart of Manchester’s NHS.

The Business:

As the leading provider for healthcare services in Manchester, the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust treats more than a million patients every year. This year, the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday, and with the first ever NHS Hospital, Trafford hospital, being part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, what better place for the students to get a feel for the amazing work done day to day in the NHS!

The Challenge: Spread The Word

Today’s challenge was to ‘Spread the Word’ about Manchester University NHS Trust by creating an exciting new mascot with an important message.
Throughout the day, students carried out lots of research, demonstrating their excellent Listening Carefully skills. The teams went on a tour of the hospital, including a very special training area where the students were able to put on their own surgical gowns, hats and masks and learn about the fantastic technology used to train doctors and nurses at the trust.

Back in the room it was time to get Problem Solving to research all the facts they could about different health departments, before Using Imagination to create their very own mascots in order to promote positive messages on behalf of the hospital, especially honing in on good dental health.
Later in the day, the students designed posters to showcase their new mascot and spread the word about good dental health. Students then presented their designs to our NHS panel of judges who were spoilt for choice when it came to finding areas to praise.

What they said:

  • “The students were really engaged throughout the day. It was lovely to see them developing their skills outside of the classroom in this way.” – Teacher
  • “These skills are so important for young people. The children were delightful to work with throughout the day.” – Volunteer
  • “I enjoyed learning about the hospital and working with my team to make a mascot for the hospital.” – Student
  • “Getting to have a go with the training robot was amazing. I can’t believe it actually blinked and could be sick and everything. I heard its heart beat!” – 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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