The School: Weston Park Primary School

Based in Crouch End, North London, Weston Park Primary School are a Partner school with Enabling Enterprise. Their students have had opportunities to develop their enterprise skills through a variety of lesson time projects and challenge days. Today was the chance for Year 5 to put their skills to the test and let our brand new challenge ‘Spread The Word’ reveal the effective social entrepreneurs that they are.

The Business: The Young Foundation, London

‘The Young Foundation work to build the legacy of sociologist and social activist Michael Young who set up a number of socially useful organisations including the Open University’ (Which? magazine). The Young Foundation are leaders in the field of social innovation. Students had the opportunity to work alongside social innovation professionals to take their project ideas to the next level and find out what it’s like working in the Third Sector.

The Challenge: Spread The Word

Students had to use their imagination and problem solving skills in order to come up with a campaign that would promote the work of The Young Foundation, and raise awareness on issues faced by young people. They customised their businesses in line with the range of charities that The Young Foundation work with. Throughout the day all teams competed in a variety of exciting and fast-paced activities in order to develop their understanding of these social issues, with a particular focus on what social enterprise could do to help young people in education as well as in society at large.

The Results:

At the end of the day all students had shown how they were able to apply their creativity skills to the highest standard. They created a mascot to spread the word to young people. With a focus on developing effective communication skills, students then planned and rehearsed a news broadcast, focusing on giving a voice to those who were helped by their business.

What they said:

  • “Leadership really showed today. It was nice to see that everyone was taking on their role and sharing ideas. Despite a few problems when students were allocating tasks to a few people, all teams manage to solve issues” – Teacher, Weston Park Primary School
  • “I was actually quite impressed with the high level of communication skills going on. We were clearly talking to confident little entrepreneurs.” – Volunteer, The Young Foundation
  • “I liked Sharing Ideas the best because we got to speak as if we were on television.” – Student, Weston Park Primary School

Thanks to The Young Foundation for such a great trip day, and to Weston Park Primary School for coming along.

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.

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