On the 18th of May Enabling Enterprise held its annual celebration event – which was an opportunity to recognise the achievements of some of the schools who have taken part in the programme in addition to discuss a crucial question “what is the most important thing students need to succeed?” The stellar panel was chaired by David Bell, the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education who drew on his extensive experience as an educator and civil servant. Also on the panel were Brett Wigdortz, the founder and CEO of Teachfirst, John Fairhurst, the current President of the Association of School and College Leaders, Honor Wilson-Fletcher the CEO of the Aldridge Foundation, and finally Alistair Wilson the CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Panel members reached the broad consensus that it was important to equip students with transferable skills to help them succeed in the work environment.

After the panel discussion students showcased the skills that they had learnt from the programme by inviting guests to see their projects – a selection of which could be bought and tasted. The proof was in the pudding; or rather in the doughnuts which were a massive hit and showed how well deserved the team of the year award was for students at Cardinal Pole. Other business ideas included a snack shop by Feltham Community College who displayed the marketing aptitude of a multi-national corporation with their TV advert and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy who enticed guests with their bespoke charm bracelets. Finally, special congratulations to Ms. McLaughlan who picked up Teacher of the Year and the Isle of Sheppey Academy for winning school of the year!

The evening was informative, inspirational and celebratory. A massive thank you to all who attended and we hope to see you at next year’s event!

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