Business law firm, DWF, has collaborated with the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) to host a courtroom workshop for a group of Salford students, helping them to learn more about social responsibility, the court system and the legal profession.
Pupils from All Hallows RC Business, Enterprise and Sports College in Salford, which is already enrolled on DWF’s innovative 5 STAR Futures programme, attended the courtroom workshop trial at Manchester Crown Court, organised by the NCCL and supported by DWF’s Legal Apprentices, who are based in Manchester.
5 STAR Futures was launched in 2013 by DWF lawyer, Simon Price, in partnership with schools and other educational institutions, to provide an aspirational learning framework for students approaching the end of their secondary school education.
The NCCL delivers educational sessions to primary and secondary school pupils across the country, and focuses on educating young people to be responsible citizens through a range of hands-on learning activities such as guided tours, interactive workshops and courtroom workshop trials at locations throughout the country.
Gail Taylor, Diversity and Community Engagement Manager at DWF, commented: “As a values-driven law firm, our work with local schools and organisations such as the NCCL forms part of a wider community engagement programme, which has already seen the successful rollout of our 5 STAR Futures programme to support young students in cities around the UK. Having partnered with NCCL to deliver these types of events before, we know how beneficial they are for all the pupils involved.”
Andrea Cavanagh, head teacher at All Hallows RC Business, Enterprise and Sports College, added: “Initiatives such as these are crucial for the development of our students’ lives and careers, giving them the opportunity to gain real-world experience of the British justice system and how it operates. We’re grateful to the NCCL for hosting the event, and DWF’s 5 STAR Futures programme, which continues to deliver positive experiences for our pupils.”