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Poplar Street Primary School
Eversheds Sutherland Manchester
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Poplar Street Primary School
Since 2016, Poplar Street Primary School in Tameside have been working with Enabling Enterprise to develop the essential skills of children from Reception to Year 6. Back in school, students have experienced Lesson-time projects and whole-school Challenge Days. Outside of the classroom, teams of students have built their aspirations through Business Trips to organisations across Greater Manchester and beyond.
Eversheds Sutherland Manchester
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is one of the largest global law firms in the world with more than 5,000 people, including 3,000 lawyers. It has 68 offices across 34 different jurisdictions which include Europe, the US, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Eversheds Sutherland now hosts school visits in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham. These visits build on a core set of eight skills the students are learning back at school, and give students the opportunity to work on a fast-paced legal challenge supported by Eversheds Sutherlands volunteers.
Tricky Trials
On arrival at their hosts, the students were introduced to volunteers who would be assisting them in their challenge on the day. They then found out more about the business by going on a tour and interviewed the volunteers to find out how they use the Essential Skills in their roles, particularly focusing on the use of Problem Solving and Presenting skills. Then, working in teams, the students started working on their different cases, either as the defence or prosecution. With the help of the volunteers, they identified the best arguments, analysed evidence and listened to witness statements as they prepared to go to trial. At the close of the day, they presented their evidence to a judge and jury made of volunteers who decided the outcome of each case.
Listening skillsPractising
I think it's great how the shy students really stepped up and took on a leadership role.
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would! I was scared to go up and present in a court case, but we practised lots and I felt happy when we got to do it.
Year 5 student
I was impressed with the amount of formal and legal terminology that students learned and used effectively in their cases.
Eversheds Volunteer