Littledown, based in Slough in Berkshire, is a special school which supports Primary-aged children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH), with the aim to empower pupils with self-confidence.
The school has been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2016 to develop students' Essential Skills and self-confidence in a range of experiences both inside and outside of school.
In the classroom, students have the opportunity to develop these skills through exciting Lesson-Time Projects, such as developing new reading areas, designing new toys and setting up pop-up bakeries! They also work on whole-school, collaborative Challenge Days which stretch these skills through a range of exciting tasks.
Outside of school, student take part in insightful trips to top businesses and organisations to put these skills to good use in the world of work alongside professionals from a range of sectors.
Part of Eurovia UK, Hounslow Highways is the highways service provider working on behalf of the London Borough of Hounslow. They are responsible for maintaining the roads, pavements and street lighting across the borough, as well as providing a number of other key services including street cleaning, winter maintenance and enforcement.
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. They were really keen to find out all the top tips they could get from the adults on skills such as Teamwork, Problem Solving and Staying Positive.
Students worked in teams to look at all the different ways that the world of work is similar to being at school. Over the course of the day, teams had the opportunity to visit different work stations, which looked at different types of jobs that people do including finance, human resources, site management and advertising. Teams also earnt money for demonstrating their enterprise skills as well as getting the job one!
At the end of the day, students were ready to create their very first CV, followed by a reflection on which job they liked the most as well as how well they had been Working in a Team.