The School:

Princess May Primary School in Hackney is in its second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Essential Skills with Lesson-Time Project and Challenge Days including ‘A Day in Politics’.
Year 4 have recently started the ‘Brilliant Books’ Lesson-Time Project, which will see them designing a scheme to promote reading at school. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Founded in 1856 with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Credit Suisse has operations in over 50 countries and over 45,000 employees. Credit Suisse is a financial services company which helps people and businesses manage their money.

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 Essential Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the offices, 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 then 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. 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:

  • “It’s been a great day – the input of from EE staff and Credit Suisse volunteers ensure all students were very engaged and made progress on their teamwork and problem solving skills as well as their understanding of money and budgeting. The activities were well pitched and stretching for the students. ” – Teacher
  • “This is a superb initiative and very rewarding day for me. The children were encouraged to engage and think creatively on how to overcome challenges. ” – Volunteer
  • “It was a very enjoyable day which engaged students and enabled them to express themselves. I also liked the structured approach to problem solving as this is a very important skill.” – Volunteer
  • “I proud of how our team aimed high today. We didn’t give up and we didn’t argue, we tried our best.” – Student
  • “To solve problems you have to share your ideas and listen to your team. Sometimes you need to compromise.” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

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