The School:

Gilbertstone Primary in South Yardley is in its fourth year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills through a range of Lesson Time Projects and Challenge Days. For example, back in November, students from across the school investigated the case of the Sugar Snatcher and completed the Crime Scene Challenge.

Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Wesleyan Assurance Society is a financial services company that provides advice and products to select professional groups – notably GPs, hospital doctors, dentists, teachers and lawyers.

Volunteers from across the firm: Sue, Sam, Gori, Lynne, Peyton, Jay and Orlagh kindly gave up their time to coach and mentor the students through the Lend-a-Hand Challenge. We were also pleased to have Linda and Nigel with us who took on the role of guest judges for the students’ presentations.

The Challenge: Lend-a-Hand

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of finance.
Taking on the role of Financial Advisors, students were given the task of advising a client 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. Our guest judges, Linda and Nigel, 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:

  • “The children have got an enormous amount from today. Their understanding of financial literacy and budget planning has really increased. They’ve learned lots about the range of jobs that exist in a single organisation. They have amazed me with their ability to work in a team and reason through different solutions. Every child needs this experience!” – Mrs Himmons, Deputy Headteacher, Gilberstone Primary School
  • “I found the day very rewarding: we saw a group of shy children become articulate and confident, working together in groups., sharing ideas and problem solving issues well outside their normal comfort zone” – Sue, Volunteer, Wesleyan
  • “Amazing. I wish I was exposed to the working world before leaving university. The day for me was summed up when one of the students said: “I want to open a savings account” when discussing how what we learned could be applied back at school… I would love to be involved in future events.” – Jay, Volunteer, Wesleyan
  • “I’m most proud of my team and the way we worked together to solve all the problems we faced in a fair and equal way.” – Student
  • “All of the Enterprise Skills are important at Wesleyan, every one I’ve spoken to uses them almost every day!” – 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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