The School: Longlands Primary

Students at Longlands Primary in the London borough of Bexley have been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2014. Each year, they take part in two Enterprise weeks and a whole-school Challenge Day, to learn how to Work in a Team and Aim High. Back in Spring, they became police detectives on their Crime Scene Challenge.

Today, ten lucky students from Years 4 and 5 travelled into Central London to take part in a finance-themed enterprise challenge at top investment house M&G. It was a great opportunity for the budding entrepreneurs to get ahead start in advance of their upcoming summer Enterprise Week!

The Business: M&G, London

M&G is a leading investment house. With over 80 years experience in the UK and overseas, M&G manages assets on behalf of a wide range of investors across UK, Europe, Asia, the Americas and South Africa. They work in offices across Europe and Asia to ensure that their clients make the most of their money.

Today, Karen and Yvonne from the Accounts and Marketing departments joined Longlands Primary students to support them in their challenge.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

The day began with students researching M&G, their employees and the work they do around the world. This included an exciting tour, during which they visited the post room and went up to the sixth floor balcony. They even stopped off in one of the board rooms and learnt how M&G employees communicate with clients and colleagues around the world!

Having seen a trading floor in action, students were excited to get started on their challenge to become stock market traders for the day! They met their client, Dr Taylor, who trusted them with £25,000 to invest. They Worked in a Team to understand their client’s interests and preferences. Then, students made a series of investment decisions, responding to up-to-the-minute information and changes on the stock market.

The Results:

At the end of a busy day of trading, students were keen to present what they have achieved to a panel of judges and an audience of M&G employees. They applied their persuasive language techniques, learnt in Literacy lessons back in school, and prepared confident pitches to convince the judges to vote for them.

In the auditorium, students used their Sharing Ideas skills by standing on stage with microphone in hand to present to the audience. Even though some students were nervous, they Aimed High and delivered confidently. They also Stayed Positive when faced with some tough questions from the judges. At the end, the winning team was announced and all students were lucky enough to take home an M&G goodie bag!

What they said:

  • “Its been a great day! Everyone we’ve met from M&G has been so welcoming and its made a real difference to the students.” – Teacher, Longlands Primary
  • “I’ve been looking forward to today all week!” – Volunteer, M&G
  • “I’ve never presented on a stage before but I’ve got my team around me so I feel confident!” – Student, Longlands Primary

Thanks to M&G for such a great trip day, and to Years 4 and 5 from Longlands Primary 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 or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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