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Pinsent Masons support Cockburn School ambassadors with communication skills


Solicitors from the Leeds office of Pinsent Masons continue their fourteen-year support of Cockburn School with a workshop experience for their student ambassadors and Head Boy/Girl applicants this summer.

As part of the application process for student ambassadors students must give a presentation to senior leaders at the school - so business volunteers at Pinsent Masons designed a communication workshop to help them hone their skills.

40 students from Year 10 examined what they like/don’t like about presenting and then got the chance to work in groups to come up with a short presentation on a random debate topic such as ‘cats or dogs’. Six volunteers from Pinsent Masons facilitated the workshop, with 100% of the students that took part reporting that it improved their speaking and listening skills and 98% saying it boosted their confidence.

Volunteers from Pinsent Masons said: "We saw the students really grow in confidence throughout the session and felt that we were really able to add value. The students were enthusiastic and engaged with the event despite having exams to consider. It is a good idea to have sessions on topics such as public speaking as it is something that the young people told us they really struggle with. They seemed to enjoy and get a lot out of it and we enjoyed working with them."

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