Cranford Primary School
From the London Borough of Hounslow, Cranford Primary have been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2013 to develop a set of eight Essential Skills in their students.
Students have the opportunity to visit a range of employers and workplaces in order to apply their essential skills outside the classroom. To further refine these skills back in school, the school also undertakes a variety of Lesson-Time Projects linked to the topics they study every term – for example, Year 3’s volcanoes topic was combined with their ‘Trash to Treasure’ project to design and build models of volcanoes!
Alongside these classroom-based projects, students also complete Challenge Days as a whole school, from Nursery right through to Year 6.
Barratt London is the market-leading residential developer in the capital. Barratt London provides homes for all Londoners: from state-of-the-art apartments and penthouses in Westminster to riverside communities in Fulham, and complex, mixed-use regeneration schemes in Hendon. High Street Quarter, Hounslow is an exciting mixed-use scheme in the centre of Hounslow, designed to spark the regeneration of the surrounding area.
From the moment they arrived, the students were putting their problem solving and teamwork skills into action. First of all by gathering as much information as they could about their hosts and the volunteers who were joining them for the day and then further as they explored the workplace through a tour. Then, in teams, the students were set their challenge, to design a new bridge for the fictional town of Bogsby. They set about researching possible locations, considering community concerns and building a scale model of their proposed scheme. After all this, they took their proposal to a panel of volunteers representing a planning committee, who scrutinised not only their design but also how effectively they had used their Essential Skills across the day.