The School: Southgate Primary School

Located in Crawley, West Sussex, Southgate Primary School are in their third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. They have been expertly developing eight core skills as part of their enterprise education, both inside the classroom in Lesson-Time Projects or as a whole school on Challenge Days, and outside the classroom on business trips to top employers across London. Today a group of Year 4 students were in the spotlight to put those skills to the test in the world of finance.

The Business: EY, London

Ernst & Young, 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 in 150 countries in the world. It provides assurance (including financial audit), tax, consulting and advisory services to companies. Today a range of volunteers were keen to share their expertise on Staying Positive with the budding entrepreneurs from Southgate Primary. Let’s see how they got on.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

The students began the day by interviewing their volunteers to learn more about their roles at EY. A quick tour of the premises with inspiring views on the Thames enhanced the children’s mindset of Aiming High even more as they took on the role of aspiring traders. They met their client, Dr Taylor, and set to work researching four different companies to invest the £25,000 she had given them. Each team worked closely with the EY adults to make the best group decisions as to where to place their client’s money, and so today was also a test of Working in a Team as well.

The Results:

Teams worked against the clock to take calculated risks with their money on behalf of their client. They showed amazing teamwork skills and shrewd Leading as they based their team decisions on a range of information which was constantly updated on this busy trading floor. Students clearly applied some expert Problem Solving as they maximised the input they got from the adult in their group. It was a tough choice for the EY adults at the end of the day when they had to judge which team they thought had an advantage over the others.

What they said:

  • “Today gave children the opportunity to work with experts and share knowledge and real life experience of being in a workplace. I liked how the children problem-solved in teams and achieved the objectives. Also, the volunteers were excellent and really supported the groups of children.” – Teacher, Southgate Primary
  • “I liked how they grasped the activity very quickly – quicker than myself in a real banking environment!” – Volunteer, EY
  • “I like working as a team because everyone gets to share their ideas and it’s fair. Also, I like helping others.” – Student, Southgate Primary
  • “It wasn’t ‘good’, it wasn’t ‘great’: it was… SPECTACULAR!” – Student, Southgate Primary

Thanks to EY for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from Southgate Primary School for coming along.

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