The Schools: St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, Windy Arbor Primary School and Fordbridge Community Primary School

St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School have been working with Enabling Enterprise to develop their pupils’ enterprise skills for the third year in a row. Today they buddied up with two other schools located in Chelmsley Wood, North Solihull – Windy Arbor Primary School and Fordbridge Community Primary School, who came to the world of work for their first taste of an Enabling Enterprise project. The diversity of schools and experience resulted in excited mixed teams that were eager to compete against each other in an enterprise challenge that was sure to stretch their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills. Let’s find out how they got on.

The Business: Brewin Dolphin, Birmingham

Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK’s leading providers of personalised, discretionary wealth management services, offering investment management and financial planning services to investors and intermediaries. With origins dating back to the mid-18th century, they were one of the founding firms of the London Stock Exchange. They have 28 offices throughout the UK & Ireland and have a wealth of experience dealing with investment markets.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

Working in a team, the pupils were entrusted with a client’s money. They decided how to invest through reading and listening to information about the four companies that they could possibly invest in. Breaking news periodically affected their investments, as share prices grew and fell. After three trades, each team presented their portfolio to the other teams and volunteer judges, Brewin Dolphin employees.

The Results:

All of the children quickly overcame the challenge of working with children from different skills. United by their Aiming High and desire to make the most money, the teams listened carefully, shared ideas and gathered consensus before making investments. As a result, the final presentations revealed cohesive teams of successful investors that had all made huge positive returns on their client’s investments.

What they said:

  • ” I like that the children from different schools were mixed together, providing the opportunity to work with different children. This is important when developing team working skills. Also there were multiple opportunities for the children to apply problem solving skills to their tasks. This provides key skills that are required in the curriculum.” – Teacher, St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
  • ” The day was well organised as ever, and a real pleasure to be involved with. The students were perfectly behaved, inspiring and a delight to be around. Overall it was a fantastic day.” – Volunteer, Brewin Dolphin
  • “Today has been very interesting and fun, I enjoyed being creative and working as a team.” – Year 6 pupil, Windy Arbor Primary School

Thanks to Brewin Dolphin for such a great trip day, and to the Year 4 pupils from St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School and the Year 6 pupils from Fordbridge Community Primary School and Windy Arbor 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 enablingenterprise.org

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