The School: Cranford Primary

Cranford Primary in Hounslow is a long standing partner school with all year groups taking part in lesson time projects and exciting Challenge Days, meaning these Year 5 children are well versed in the Challenge Skills! This trip was a chance for them to brush up before their Enterprise Week later in the term.

The Business: Societe Generale, London

Societe Generale is a large European Bank and a major Financial Services company that has a global presence. As an organisation they are able to give excellent insight into the working environment in a multi-national company, within the financial sector.

The Challenge: Invest for Success

Having learnt more about the world of finance and risk through interviewing their volunteers, the children were taken on a tour of the offices. Coming back armed with an understanding of Societe Generale as an organisation, and the skills used by the staff there, they were ready for their challenge. Each team had to take on the role of investment managers and, using their research skills, decide on the best investment for their clients’ £20,000 savings….a big responsibility!

The Results:

Every team made an impressive return on their clients’ investment, showing that they had a good grasp on judging the risk on their investment options! The Year 5s then demonstrated their ability to share ideas in a very professional manner, by presenting back to the volunteers-turned-judges, justifying their decisions and explaining how they worked together. These children definitely displayed an impressive array of skills today!

What they said:

  • “It was so good to see quieter children having the confidence to get up and present their findings to people they don’t know” – Teacher, Cranford Primary
  • “It was great to give the children a chance to see a real working environment” – Volunteer, Societe Generale
  • “I really enjoyed today, and presenting and working out all the calculations” – Student, Cranford Primary

Thanks to Societe Generale for such a great trip day, and to Cranford Primary for coming along.

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