St Matthew's CE Primary School
St Matthew's CE Primary, based in the London Borough of Hillingdon, have been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2013 to develop a set of eight Essential Skills in their students. They are proud to be an inclusive school. and provide a high-quality, creative and challenging education within a secure, caring and happy environment, where every child experiences a sense of enjoyment and is encouraged to achieve full potential through a love of learning.
Through their work with Enabling Enterprise, students develop these Essential Skills inside and outside of the school. In the classroom, students complete a range of exciting Lesson-Time Projects. These are a fantastic opportunity for students from Reception through to Year 6 to put their Essential Skills to the test in a series of collaborative tasks and challenges.
Outside of school, students take part in numerous employer visits to top businesses and organisations across London, working alongside professionals from a range of sectors. Through these experiences, students are able to apply their skills to meaningful and relevant challenges in the world of work.
Bird & Bird
Founded in 1846 Bird & Bird have over 1100 lawyers in 28 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia; their head office is in London. They have a focus on strategic commercial issues and have won numerous awards for the quality of the legal work they provide.
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.