End of Term Report!
We've come a long way...
It feels so long since we first created an Enterprise Programme in Bowdon Church School in Manchester in 2012. Those children are moving into Yr 10 now, taking GCSE choices and we're still getting great feedback from both their parents and new schools.
A lot has happened since that first programme!
A BIG thank you to our entire community of schools, teachers, parents, governors and others that have supported our growth. With your backing, our programmes have grown in popularity across the country and the real-life learning opportunities provided for students have broadened massively. Not forgetting a HUGE thank you to our business partners who have provided funding, skills and time to support the children we work with.
The Enterprise content we provide has also expanded in reach, including programmes for children from reception through to sixth form and several pilot programmes in response to specific school needs, which will be available next academic year - stay tuned for details in future newsletters!
"Would I do this again? Without a doubt!"
Sue Relph, Headteacher
2,457 CHILDREN ENGAGED IN ENTERPRISE THROUGH OUR PROGRAMMES:
117 TEACHING STAFF DEVELOPED WITH ENTERPRISE SKILLS FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH IN SCHOOLS
55 PARTNER SCHOOLS WORKING WITH US
OVER £60,000 AND COUNTING....
CUMULATIVE FUNDS RAISED FOR CHARITIES, PTA & SCHOOL FUNDS
Business Stepping into more Schools!
This year we have strengthened relationships with new and existing business partners and philanthropists sponsoring schools around the country.
In the Northwest, United Utilities and Laing O’Rourke have sponsored schools in Manchester and Trafford. They have funded the programme, provided inspirational speakers and angel panelists which gives a real sense of worth to children, to be taken seriously by adults outside their family and school while providing insight into the world of work and exposure to different career options. They are looking for more NW schools next year, let us know if you would like to be involved.
Eddie Austin (MD of Austin McKeown Consulting) sponsored his old primary school, Sacred Heart in Wythenshawe, and 4 other schools between Manchester and London. Children there loved hearing from Eddie how he had lived locally and sat in the exact same room in Y6, and gone on to found several successful companies.
In London, finnCap and Redleaf Communications have both sponsored schools this year. They have supported the programme as part of their employee engagement, and invited winning teams into their offices for a work place experience, raising aspirations and opening eyes to new possibilities for the children's future.
"I wish Stepping Into Business had found me when I was at school!"
We already have more businesses joining us to provide our programmes to even more schools next year, maybe you are looking for an opportunity to give back through your business? Time and enthusiasm are just as important as funding, please do get in touch!
Team: School Wide Business from Sacred Heart PS Wythenshawe
"Filling the stationary void in schools!"
"Some children who struggle academically gained lots of confidence through the enterprise project because they felt they were good at something - design, idea creation or sales... It really increased their independence and teamwork too. Winner all round!"
Roxanne Galvin, Y5 Teacher, St Theresa's RC Primary, Stretford
Our Enterprising App
We're well on our way with the development of our online enterprise game, funded by Innovate UK in response to the Young Review, Enterprise for All. We've based the fun game on the good experiences of our classroom programme, with lots of playability!
Our testing has been in the North West so far, due to some technical restrictions, but in September we'll be taking testing further afield! The feedback so far has been really positive and insight from teachers and head teachers has been extremely useful in making something that works for everyone.
Children absolutely loved the game - focus groups even wanted to stay after school to continue playing when the bell had rung! If you would like to be involved in any future testing, please let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org
“Schools are engaging more with enterprise, but they are not recording it or tracking the impact it has on learners.”
OFSTED recognise the importance of enterprise in today’s education landscape.
The lead inspector for economics, business and enterprise, Adrian Lyons, has taken to YouTube to share his updates.
Schools are often commended for enterprise work as exposure to this type of education from an early age can have a huge impact on a child’s chances of employment & overall success in life, as well as motivation to put in effort at school.
Enterprise builds important traits such as confidence, resilience, a ‘can-do’ attitude and the ability to work collaboratively in a team with people with complementary skills.
We have no idea what jobs school aged children will be doing in ten years time, so skills like adaptability, perseverence and positivity will be more critical than ever. Providing contextualised, real life opportunities to apply learning in a safe environment, without fear of failure helps to grow this skill set.
"It took a lot of teamwork and hard work but each group made great products and when it came to market day, we all made lots of money which will go to charity."
Maria Year 6