The School:

St Francis de Sales RC Junior School in Haringey, are in their fourth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills through Lesson Time Projects and by taking on a whole school ‘Future Transport’ Challenge Day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

The Royal Sun Alliance Group (or RSA) is a British multinational general insurance company that has existed in the UK for over 300 years. With head offices in London, they are now the UK’s largest commercial insurance company with a Global Network that provides services for 17 million customers. Today was London’s City Giving Day and there were many employees on hand to support the students in their financial planning.

The Challenge: Lend-a-Hand

The day started off with the students having an exclusive tour of the RSA offices, in the well-known ‘Walkie Talkie’ building. The students were able to meet and interview William McDonnell, RSA’s Chief Risk Officer. Following this the students interviewed more of the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs.
Taking on the role of Financial Advisors, students were given the task of advising a family to make sensible financial decisions for a range of different life events. Teams had to put their Problem Solving skills to the test to work out the pros and cons of different suggestions. Taking the priorities and needs of the client on board, teams then worked together to suggest the best possible course of action for their client. The teams’ Staying Positive skills were put to the test when they realised that decisions they had made earlier on were having an impact on the advice they were giving their client later in the day.
The day culminated in teams holding a budgeting meeting with the client to share their top tips and financial advice. Volunteers watched the meeting and used their expertise to judge which team had used their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills to make the most sensible decisions along the way.

What they said:

  • “I’m really proud of how well they’ve worked today especially those who managed their nerves so well during the presentations, they were great!” – Teacher
  • “I always return to volunteer as it’s just great fun and kids help you keep things real!” – Volunteer
  • “We used our problem-solving skills to try and help the family use their money well” – Student
  • “I think it’s best to spend less money on entertainment and more time together as a family” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

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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