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West Hill Primary School
Baker McKenzie
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West Hill Primary School
From the London Borough of Wandsworth, West Hill Primary School has been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2011 to develop a set of eight Essential Skills in their students. Over the years, students across the whole school have been developing their Essential Skills through Lesson-Time Projects as well as Challenge Days and Trips to Employers.
Baker McKenzie
Baker McKenzie is an international law firm employing over 4,000 lawyers across 47 countries. Their clients range from global firms, including Sony and British Airways, to high net-worth individuals, including professional footballers.
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.
Year 6 visited the Baker Mckenzie officesYear 6 writing arguments and examining the case files
When someone asks me what we did I will tell them that today we were lawyers, and we ate lawyer sandwiches.
Student, West Hill Primary
I am proud of their professionalism and how they have approached all the activities today.
Teacher, West Hill Primary
I think they should know how important these skills are in my job, people leave university without them but not these guys!
Volunteer, Baker McKenzie