The School: Scott Wilkie Primary School

Located in the London Borough of Newham, Scott Wilkie Primary School is in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. They have been developing eight core enterprise skills in their students, both in school and outside the classroom. After successfully completing some Lesson-Time Projects as well as taking part in the ‘Operation Moonbase’ Challenge Day in Year 2 and 3, today a selection of Year 3 students came to the heart of the city to put their Problem Solving skills to the test in the world of work. Let’s find out how they got on.

The Business: CCLA, London

CCLA is one of the UK’s largest charity fund managers according to the latest Charity Finance Survey. CCLA manage investments for charities, religious organisations and the public sector. Several volunteers from CCLA were on hand today to help the budding entrepreneurs in this stretching financial challenge.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

Students started the day by learning about CCLA and the roles of our volunteers in an interview carousel. The challenge involved learning all about the Stock Exchange before taking on the role of Stock Market traders. After an insightful tour of the premises, our Scott Wilkie traders were soon introduced to their client, scientist Dr Taylor, who placed her trust with each team to help her make a large return on her initial £10,000 investment. Each group listened carefully and made notes on Dr Taylor’s personal needs before conducting research into four different companies they could potentially invest her money in.

The Results:

Over the course of the day it was great to watch how the students interacted with one another and really applied their Problem Solving skills. Listening Carefully to all the information and to each other’s ideas was crucial to make sure they came up with wise investment decisions. With a focus on Staying Positive, the teams did not disappoint. They were sharing top tips with one another to make sure that even when the investment didn’t quite go to plan, they were looking ahead to the next investment opportunity. The day culminated in a round of professional presentations where teams stood in front of the judges and were able to boast the amazing return they had made on their investment!

What they said:

  • “The day was really well organised. It was pitched at the right level and had very clear instructions. I think the children gained from working as a team and developed confidence.” – Teacher, Scott Wilkie
  • “Great confidence in your presentation: you spoke clearly and gave good reasons for your choices.” – Volunteer, CCLA
  • “I was really impressed by how much they engaged in the day, I thought it was really challenging but it was amazing to see them using words like ‘invest’ and ‘client’.” – Volunteer, CCLA
  • “This was a very well organised day which was pitched at the right level for the students. For me to the challenge of decomplicating the language and building students’ confidence was both refreshing and rewarding.” – Volunteer, CCLA
  • “The activity had great pace and structure and seeing the children’s perspective on what we do was fascinating.” – Volunteer, CCLA
  • “Today we were the best traders in town because we worked hard and we aimed high for Dr Taylor.” – Student, Scott Wilkie

Thanks to CCLA for such a great trip day, and to Year 3 from Scott Wilkie 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 or visiting

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