The School:

Bromley-based Darrick Wood Junior School near Orpington is in its third year working with Enabling Enterprise. The school is dedicated to raising aspirations for their students through project-based learning. They have done so by developing a set of eight essential skills not only through Lesson-Time Projects in their classrooms, but also through Challenge Days they’ve successfully completed as a whole school, as well as workplace visits to top employers across London and greater London. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for mixed-age students from Year 3 to Year 6 to stretch those same skills outside the classroom whilst honing in on Staying Positive and Problem Solving as they were supported by professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual customers, small- and medium-sized businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management as well as other financial and risk management products and services.
Today, an array of volunteers from different sections of the business were on hand to help the aspiring students learn about budgeting.

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 premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of finance.
Taking on the role of a family, teams were given a budget of £1000 to spend over a month. Students 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 family on board, teams then worked together to suggest the best possible course of action. The teams’ Staying Positive skills were put to the test when they looked at the costs of different items and played a quick game of higher or lower.
The day culminated in teams presenting their learning to the room. Volunteers watched 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:

  • “Days like this are really important to raise their aspirations, so it’s perfect!” – Teacher
  • “We thought of a suitable pricing for our ideas (…) Our team has learned about the different people that work here and how they invest money.” – Student
  • “In our team we showed Staying Positive by taking a fair vote if we disagreed.” – Student
  • “The point of today was about making things accessible and about role models, so to see somebody signing when they speak made this child think she could work here.” – Volunteer
  • “I didn’t know what to expect and I really enjoyed it; and the activities were engaging.” – Volunteer
  • “They were great fun to work with and so well-behaved, too!” – Volunteer
  • “I was amazed at how much they understood!” – Volunteer
  • “They got so on board with budgeting – better than me actually!” – Volunteer
  • “I think something they’ll take away with them was to see all the different teams here, and that we too work with different people.” – Volunteer
  • “It was good for our own interpersonal skills as well, very engaging in different ways as it made us think about how to speak to different audiences.” – Volunteer

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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