The Schools: Darton Primary, Wellgate Primary and Barugh Green Primary

For the second time, the three primary schools have been invited by Darton College to attend an Enterprise event by Enabling Enterprise. The first event saw select students from each primary attend a Crime Scene Investigation Challenge Day at Darton College as a transition event before their starting in September. Today’s trip to AON gave a different set of students an opportunity to test their enterprise skills in preparation for the new and exciting challenges they will face at Darton College.

The Business: AON, Leeds

Aon is a global professional services firm that advises clients on the topics of risk and people. The company is a provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human resource solutions and outsourcing services. It employs 65,000 people in 500 offices in more than 120 countries and has its headquarters in London. Untill 2014, Aon was the principal partner and global shirt sponsor of the Premier League team Manchester United F.C.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

The day opened quickly with the students engaging in a flavour of the rigour they would experience in their role as stock market traders, as they were set the task of remembering key facts about AON, the challenge skills and i>Listening and Understanding and Sharing Ideas about the employer volunteers. As the trading opened, the teams were equipped with their knowledge of their client and the four companies they would look to invest in. Problem Solving and Staying Positive were the key challenge skills of the day with companies flying high one minute and then plummeting the next. The teams’ abilities to stay focused and make quick decision to solve the problem of who to invest in next, tested their challenge skills to the maximum. It was also great to see them work through different teamwork strategies to ensure everyone was involved and in agreement over the choices they were making.

The Results:

With their calculations complete and the Problem Solving over, the teams had their total return for Dr Taylor and had clearly been Working in a Team to ensure everyone was engaged and motivate to carry out their presentations to their client’s representatives, our judging panel of employer volunteers. The transformation from the start of the day, when the pupils have never met the people in their team before, to showing a sense of unity and collective pride in their efforts was a true highlight of the day. And as they stood up to present, it was great to witness pupils, who had appeared reserved, show confidence in Leading the presentation and Sharing Ideas with conviction. Well done to all the teams involved. A great day for Darton College feeder primary schools.

What they said:

  • “These skills are so important to developing the whole of the student. They must experience more of these days to start to truly begin to believe that they can stay positive, problem solve and aim high.” – Teacher, Darton College
  • “The day has been a pleasure to be involved in and a joy to work with students, doing something really different.” – Volunteer, AON
  • “I am most proud of our team’s skills at working together. I have loved trading.” – Student, Wellgate Primary

Thanks to AON for such a great trip day, and to Years 5 and 6 from Darton Primary, Wellgate Primary and Barugh Green Primary for coming along.

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