Friern Barnet are a secondary school in Barnet, North London and they have been working with Enabling Enterprise for five years to develop students’ key enterprise skills including teamwork, resilience, problem-solving and presenting. They are a Specialist Arts College with the motto “Enjoy and Excel” with approximately 800 pupils in Years 7-11.
What type of programme do Friern Barnet run?
This year Friern Barnet are running two drop-down Challenge Days; one with Year 9 called “A Day in Politics” which took place on the day of the US elections and another which is called “Chocolate Challenge” which will be run in February with a combination of Key Stage 3 and 4 students.
We are also running CPD sessions to train up a core group of interested “enterprise” teachers who will trial running some of our enterprise projects in their own subject lessons.
Finally, they have trip places for students to go out into the world of work to see how the enterprise skills they have been developing in school are used in the workplace. Students this year will be visiting IBM on the Southbank, one of the most famous information technology companies in the world, and Atkins in Euston, a global design, engineering and project management consultancy.
Why do Friern Barnet choose to work with us?
Jane Mullan, Senior Deputy Head Teacher at Friern Barnet, shares here why Friern Barnet partner with Enabling Enterprise and how the relationship has developed:
“Friern Barnet (FBS) has been participating in Enabling Enterprise programme for a number of years – a partnership that has strengthened as we’ve learnt more about the programme offer. To begin with we started with Enabling Enterprise Challenge days; first introduced to a head of year at FBS in 2012 as an opportunity to engage a year cohort in a fun learning experience that would develop their life-long learning skills. The outcomes from these days were always extremely positive from both students’ and staff’s perspective, so in 2015 during a review of our life skills programme we decided to explore what else Enabling Enterprise could offer our school.
One of the stand out elements of Enabling Enterprise is their outstanding approach to working with schools to tailor a programme to meet the schools’ needs. As a community comprehensive school we wanted to find relevant and meaningful experiences that would complement our existing provision and the menu of activities that were on offer through EE did just that. We were eager to ensure staff could see a focus on developing student skills and attributes as part of an ongoing personal development programme. The EE team worked closely with us to ensure that there was a common language being used in delivering sessions and one that will have an impact on students learning, enjoyment and achievement.
For FBS staff the EE programme provides a great way for students to access a range of creative and practical opportunities and experiences that build confidence, develop creativity and provide time for young people to collaborate and learn from each other. If you are looking for something to inspire and engage students, then we’d recommend that EE is a good place to start!!”
What do the students get out of the Enabling Enterprise programme?
Claire Morgan the Head of Year 9 reflected on what her Year 9 students got out of the Enabling Enterprise Challenge Day back at the start of November:
“They were able to participate in detailed debates and behaved in a mature and respectful way due to being introduced to the 8 skills (for example, teamwork, problem solving and resilience) created by Enabling Enterprise. The team work was outstanding and the final presentations were those of future politicians. I am extremely proud of my year group and would definitely work with Enabling Enterprise again as the 8 skills delivered are key with the secondary school age group.”
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 or visiting enablingenterprise.org