The benefits of enterprise education aren’t just for would-be entrepreneurs and potential businesspeople – they’re for everyone, of any age. Because the transferable nature of such enterprise skills as resourcefulness, resilience and reflection means that they provide pupils with a framework that can underpin all learning – both at school and beyond.
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Our approaches to Enterprise Education are, of course suitable all year round, but if you’re marking Global Entrepreneurship Week (18th - 24th November), or hosting your own school Enterprise day or week , our programmes can provide a perfect launch pad – and all can be tailored to target your objectives. Why not get in touch to find out more?
Big Enterprise Days
A Big Enterprise Day gives you the opportunity to create a real “enterprise buzz” by taking up to 300 students from a single year group off timetable for the day as they carousel around a series of very different workshops, all drawn from our stock of tried and tested activities. Designed to be experienced in any sequence, while still providing a coherent insight into our 5Rs Enterprise Framework (Relationships, Resourcefulness, Risk-taking, Resilience and Reflection), a Big Enterprise Day allows you to create your own menu of workshops from:
- Enterprise and Me … enabling students to explore ways in which they currently use enterprise skills - and how that can get better at this ...
- Enterprise by Design … challenging young people to come up with new and unique products - and market them …
- Enterprise in Action … bringing the stock exchange to school as small teams bring their enterprise skills to bear in trading …
- Patterns of Enterprise … promoting the ability to identify, analyse and predict patterns …
- Adventures in Enterprise … challenging students ability to prioritise - then rethink in the light of unexpected events!
All of these activities are also available as stand-alone workshops, to be delivered to a number of groups over the course of a single day and all can be tailored to reflect the Gatsby Benchmarks.
The Trading Game
The Trading Game provides students with opportunities to think about Enterprise in some very different ways. Working in teams, in an ever-shifting environment, they’ll rapidly realise the value of using a full range of Enterprise Skills in completing this fast-moving challenge. Without resilience, they'll be unable to overcome knockbacks ... without the ability to see and make connections, they won't be able to make the best use of the resources they've been given ... and those teams who are prepared to take some calculated risks, prioritising strategic success over tactical gains, will quickly rise to the top!
And while the Game has its own intrinsic merit, of course, its greater value lies in the follow-up – where students are facilitated through a process allowing them to identify and categorise the skills they have had to use.
Fast, furious and fantastically engaging, The Trading Game workshop can accommodate up to 60 pupils at a time and can last anything from an hour to half-a-day. It exisits in a range of age-differentiated formats.
“All who witnessed the level of buzz and atmosphere in the room were simply blown away by the engagement of students, the high energy environment and delighted in watching students find clever and innovative approaches... A superb day was had by all.” (Assistant Headteacher, Altwood Church of England School)
"The greatest thing was that students were using a multitude of skills without knowing it; problem solving, communication, teamwork." (Teacher, Charles Darwin School)
This exciting challenge asks your pupils to use their enterprise skills to help a group stranded on an island. Pupils will use their team-working and drama skills to explore ways of helping the group survive - and ultimately escape. So, equipped with some guidance about the 5Rs Enterprise Framework, how can Relationships, Resourcefulness, Risk Taking, Resilience and Reflection help them?
“What did I like about this programme ...? The activities for the students to get involved with, seeing full teamwork for all the pupils involved ... Basically, all of it!” (Teacher, Hollingworth Business and Enterprise College)
“The activities that you brought were new, exciting and absolutely relevant to learning. The team at as creatives have engaging delivery styles – and very good classroom management skills!” (Director of Enterprise Education, Alsop High School)
Global Entrepreneurship Week takes place in November - find out more here.