The School: Southern Road Primary School, Newham

Southern Road Primary School in Newham have been working with Enabling Enterprise for four years. The enterprise experts from Year 5 were selected for showing excellent Challenge Skills in school during their current ‘Number Games’ lesson-time project, where they’ve been working to design a new board game that will help teach numeracy.

The Business: EY, London

EY is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Dating back to 1849, the firm now employs over 210,000 people in more than 700 offices around 150 countries in the world. It provides assurance (including financial audit), tax, consulting and advisory services to companies.

The Challenge: Invest for Success

Learning about the role of consultancy, the main focus for this challenge was to develop students’ understanding of advising clients of the risk and benefits of financial investment. To practise this, they worked in small teams, and put their heads together to tackle questions from ‘The Million Pound Drop’. They made group decisions about where to place their money. Lessons were learnt about how to manage risk and invest their money safely, before then applying this whilst advising clients on which businesses they should invest their £20,000.

The Results:

The day culminated in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style pitch of high-quality presentations in front of the five EY judges. The students held their own, clearly demonstrating well practised presentation skills they had been developing at school. By integrating new vocabulary and concepts they had learnt throughout the day along with effective use of persuasive writing and body language, it became incredibly tough for the judges to choose the final winners.

What they said:

  • “The volunteers were very engaging and worked so well with the children to establish a rapport very quickly with each group.” – Teacher, Southern Road Primary School
  • “I really enjoyed today – it was certainly an interesting challenge to try and explain my job to 10 year olds.” – Volunteer, EY
  • “We used working in a team well. I learnt it’s nice to listen to other people’s decisions.” – Student, Southern Road Primary School

Thanks to EY for such a great trip day, and to Southern Road Primary School for coming along.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us.

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