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St Matthew's CE Primary School
Turner & Townsend
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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.
Turner & Townsend
Turner & Townsend is a multinational professional services company headquartered in Leeds, United Kingdom specialising in programme management, project management, cost management and consulting across the property, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.
Building Bridges
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.
It's been a fun filled day for the children - they've been engaged throughout and had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and develop their social and business skills.
I loved every minute of it - the children's behaviour and the way they supported each other and got stuck in with the challenge was wonderful to see. I was also pleased to see quieter students contributing more and more over the day as well.
Today we learned about staying positive when we have disagreements in our team. We helped each other and designed a great bridge