The Schools: Curwen and Hillside Primary Schools

Since their Big Sell-Off last December, long-standing partner Curwen, based in Newham, have been going from strength to strength in their enterprise skills. The Year 6 students they especially selected for today’s challenge joined forces with Year 5s from Hillside Primary, who travelled all the way from Orpington, Bromley. The aspiring entrepreneurs were eager to stretch their Working in a Team in the heart of the city as they applied their skills in the real world of work.

The Business: EY, London

Ernst & Young, now known as EY, is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London. Dating back to 1849, the firm now employs over 200,000 people in more than 700 offices across 150 countries in the world. It provides assurance (including financial audit), tax, consulting and advisory services to companies. Today expert volunteers Varun, Steve, Alex, Nizam and Ashni were on hand to help the budding entrepreneurs hone in on Listening Carefully and Problem Solving. Let’s see how they got on.

The Challenge: Invest for Success

The students were set the challenge of becoming investment managers for the day, as they learnt about the key concepts of risk, benefit, and return. Teams worked together to answer questions in the style of ‘The Million Pound Drop’ and had to use their Problem Solving and Sharing Ideas skills to practise taking risks with their money. Students then worked alongside the EY volunteers, making the most of their expertise in order to come to their best possible group decisions on how to invest the life savings of their fictional clients, Mr and Mrs Green. Students had to research three different companies in which to invest, and excelled at Staying Positive as they aimed for the highest return on their investments possible.

The Results:

A year had passed, and as a result of their excellent teamwork skills, every team made a sizeable return on their investments. The EY volunteers and adults from EE were not only impressed with how well students worked together, but also with how confidently they presented their reports, Using Imagination to come up with creative ways to share their results with the rest of the group.

What they said:

  • “For these children to be exposed to such an environment is incredible.” – Teacher, Hillside
  • “I liked how the activities were building up to an end goal: I was engaged the whole time and it was fun – I’d definitely recommend it to other people.” – Volunteer, EY
  • “Really impressed how well-behaved they were, from both schools as well.” – Volunteer, EY
  • “The language and the vocabulary they were using in their presentations was fantastic!” – Volunteer, EY
  • “We were good at Problem Solving today because when we weren’t sure what decision to make, we just sorted it out between us and we stayed positive.” – Student, Curwen

Thanks to EY for such a great trip day, and to Years 5 and 6 from Hillside Primary School and Curwen 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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