The Schools: Perryfields Junior School, Springfield Primary School and Cathedral CE VA Primary School

All three schools are based in Chelmsford and were chosen to take part in this special competition day to pitch their Enterprise Skills against each other to see who could be the best new traders in town.

The Business: M&G, Chelmsford

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.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

This fast-paced challenge saw the children from all three schools form their own trading companies with the goal of making the right investment choices for their client. After touring the company offices and talking to a range of different M&G employees, it was time to delve into the world of finance. By Working in a Team, Problem Solving and Sharing Ideas each team was able to sort through the company information to find the clues as to their potential share price fluctuations. This required great concentration and an ability to be flexible with their decision making as it seemed the stock market news was bringing fresh updates by the minute!

The Results:

Having learnt the importance Staying Positive as a trader, it was clear that everyone had heeded the advice of the M&G volunteers who were guiding the teams through the task. All the teams had managed to stay on track and make a huge return for their client, Dr Taylor, yet managed to keep going even when their riskier investments didn’t turn out as they’d hoped. A huge well done to all three schools for taking part and for tackling this very real-life task with such enthusiasm and drive. As their first experience of Enabling Enterprise it was clear that the children saw the value of all the Enterprise Skills and how vital they really are to be successful. At the end of the day, following some coaching from the M&G volunteers, each team did a sterling job of presenting their outcome to an audience of even more M&G employees. In the end the judges decided that the winning school was Perryfields Junior, although they were extremely impressed with the children from all three schools and gave glowing praise for their work throughout the day.

What they said:

  • “The children worked on a complex process (that perplexes adults) thanks to it being made so accessible to the children. This was a great opportunity to see the inner workings of a real company and all the children were very engaged.” – Teacher, Cathedral CE VA Primary School
  • “The M&G staff were so supportive and made us all feel so welcome. They made the children feel confident about their decisions and helped them to work as a team.” – Teacher, Springfield Primary School
  • “The children were engaged from the start. This was a wonderful event and Enabling Enterprise have given the children a wonderful opportunity.”- Teacher, Perryfields Junior School
  • “We’ve learnt you have to take risks to make a profit. You minimize the risk by doing your research and having the right information” – Student, Cathedral CE VA Primary
  • “Resiliance is important for traders because if it goes wrong you have to keep trying ” – Student, Springfield Primary
  • “I really enjoyed going around the office and seeing all the people doing different jobs. We found out that it’s really important to work as a team as everyone has different qualities” – Student, Perryfields Junior

Thanks to M&G for such a great trip day, and to all three schools for coming along.

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