The School: Loughborough Primary School

Loughborough Primary School based in Lambeth, are in their third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. So far this year, the school has run projects in Key Stage 1 and 2. Year 6 also had the chance to develop their enterprise skills in an exciting ‘Creative Spaces’ Challenge Day before going to Secondary school. Today these Year 6s join us at French bank Societe Generale to take on a real world finance challenge.

The Business: Societe Generale, London

Societe Generale is a French multinational banking and financial services company head-quartered in Paris. They are one of the largest European financial services groups. As a universal bank, Societe Generale not only offers Retail Banking in France but also International Banking, Financial Services and Corporate and Investment Banking, worldwide. The Year 6 students were lucky enough to be joined by two volunteers across the day who spoke to them about their jobs and gave them some invaluable advice about tricky decision making and how to best Share your Ideas.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

The Year 6 Loughborough students were split into teams to take on the roles of traders for the day, practising their Problem Solving as they made fast-paced trading decisions based on up-to-the-minute news and Staying Positive when the markets did not work in their favour! The students interviewed the Societe Generale staff and brought back all the inspiration they got from viewing the future trading floor, Working in a Team to analyse information from a number of sources before making their trades.

The Results:

This fast-paced challenge certainly tested all of the young entrepreneurs – they needed to take calculated risks, stretching their Staying Positive skills as the stock market fluctuated. Utilising their Maths knowledge from school, each team was able to calculate the changes in their stock value and finally the amount of profit made on Dr Taylor’s investment. The Societe Generale volunteers were extremely impressed with the student’s teamwork skills and ability to formally present their successes and difficulties in front of the panel of judges at the end of the day.

What they said:

  • “They have really impressed me today, it has given students an opportunity to shine in a different way.” – Teacher, Loughborough Primary
  • “I am so impressed at how well they grasped the concept of finance. I wasn’t expecting that from 10- and 11-year olds.” – Volunteer, Societe Generale
  • ” I am really proud of my team, as sometimes at school we are really quiet and shy, but today we learnt how to be more confident.” – Student, Loughborough Primary School

Thanks to Societe Generale for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from Loughborough 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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