The School: St Anne’s RC Primary School

This is St Anne’s RC Primary School in Crumpsall are a two-form entry school who are working with Enabling Enterprise for the first time this year. Students from year 5 and year 6 undertook the commute school on the tram into the centre of Manchester to the very impressive Brewin Dolphin offices. They arrived excited and Aiming High, ready to become financial advisors!

The Business: Brewin Dolphin, Manchester

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: Lend-a-Hand

Today, the pupils had to use their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills in order to learn about the importance of budgeting to then advise the O’Mooney family on how to get the most from their family income. We started with the High-Low game, asking the pupils to decide as a team how much popular luxury items, such as gym memberships, cars and holidays, cost per month, in comparison to one another. Next, Working in a Team, they had to make important lifestyle choices: could they have the lifestyle they wanted whilst staying on budget? Now that they were experts, they took on a Leading role in helping the O’Mooney family to rearrange their expenditure in order to build a new extension: a task that Listening Carefully to the needs of their client and the skill of Using Imagination in order to identify pros and cons and come up with the best solution. Finally, it was the time for Sharing Ideas as each group came to the front and reflected on the day.

The Results:

It was fantastic to see how well the two year groups worked so well together and how they listened to the ideas and guidance of their Brewin Dolphin volunteers. As the day went on and the problems got more complex, the teams didn’t give up and carried on supporting one another and reflecting on how they could get even better. The students were articulate and confident in explaining how they had made their decisions and how this method worked.

What they said:

  • “I’m really impressed with how well they listened to each other today and how well year 5 and 6 worked together.” – Teacher, St Anne’s RC Primary School
  • “The pupils were great today. They got really engaged in everything and were fun to work with.” – Volunteer, Brewin Dolphin
  • “Today, I enjoyed the debate my team had about the pros and cons of the different solutions. It was very hard but we tried are best and kept our heads up and never gave up. Even though it was hard, it was really fun.” – Student, St Anne’s RC Primary School
  • “Today I’ve learned that if you budget you can’t have everything but thinking about what you really want and working out the pros and cons of things means that in the end you can get better things that you really want.” – Student, St Anne’s RC Primary School

Thanks to Brewin Dolphin for such a great trip day, and to Years 5 and 6 from St Anne’s RC Primary School for coming along.

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