The School:

Wheelers Lane Primary School in Birmingham is in its fourth year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Essential Skills by taking part in a ‘Crime Scene’ Investigation Challenge Day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to put their Listening Carefully and Using Imaginaton skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Newman University is an inclusive Catholic university with smaller than average class sizes, an interactive teaching style and outstanding graduate employment. Founded in 1968 and based 8 miles south west of Birmingham city centre, the University offers degrees in teacher education and a broad range of human and social sciences.

The Challenge: Uni-que University

The day started off with the students using their Listening Carefully skills by interviewing the student ambassadors to find out about their different experiences at university and the Essential Skills required to do their courses. Students then went on a tour of the University, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs people do on site to keep everything running smoothly.
Over the course of the day, teams explored what makes a university, before researching and designing their own dream university as a way of channelling their Using Imagination skills. The day culminated in group presentations to student ambassadors from the University, designed to persuade prospective future students to study there.

What they said:

  • “So many students have been talking about how they want to study at university when they’re older today… It’s exciting to see them aiming high.” – Teacher
  • “It’s been so pleasant working with the students today. They’ve been so engaged with the project all day!” – Volunteer
  • “Because we’ve been listening and sharing ideas we could all work on different parts of our sketch at the same time without accidentally copying each other.” – 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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