Victoria Primary Academy
Along with its sister school, Ebor Gardens Academy, Victoria Academy in Leeds joined the Skills Builder Partnership in 2017. Developing skills such as Teamwork and Leadership, and Creativity and Problem Solving, learners from this Wellspring Trust Academy have been demonstrating their Aiming High and Staying Positive skills through Challenge Days as a whole school, as well as Projects in their classrooms and trips to businesses across Leeds and West Yorkshire.
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.
Invest for Success
From the moment they arrived, students were putting their essential skills into action. First of all by gathering as much information as they could about their hosts and the volunteers who were joining them for the day, and then further as they explored the workplace through a tour.
Then, in teams, the students were set their Staying Positive challenge: to take on the role of Investment Bankers and help their clients make the most of their money. They began by researching their clients and the three companies they could invest in. Then, they made investment decisions and showed great resilience as they found out how their portfolio had done over time. They reflected on the decisions they had made and how they could keep going to try to make the biggest return for their clients.
The day ended with a chance to share their achievements with a panel of volunteers. They reflected on how they had applied Staying Positive throughout the challenge and looked ahead to how they could apply this skill again in the future.