The Schools: Friern Barnet and Heartlands High School

Friern Barnet School has been working with Enabling Enterprise for a number of years on a Secondary enterprise programme to develop skills in their students such as Teamwork, Problem Solving and Creativity. This year, Year 9 has already had the chance to take part in A Day in Politics to test their enterprise skills.

Heartlands High School, Haringey, are in their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. They have been using lesson time projects in English and Maths to hone key Enterprise Skills and reinforcing the learning with exciting trips to top London businesses.

The Business: IBM, London

IBM is one of the most famous information technology companies in the world. It now focuses on generating innovative solutions for business problems far more than on producing hardware.

The Challenge: Tech Experts

This tech-based challenge sets teams of students the task of designing their very own app that solves communication concerns across the company. After completing market research on a tour and having a hands-on experience of some of the latest technology, students had an opportunity to ask insightful questions of the IBM employees about their problems communicating with colleagues.

The Results:

Over the course of the day, the teams focused specifically on two Enterprise Skills, Problem Solving and Sharing Ideas. Having never worked in these teams before, it was great to observe how the students had team discussions before making decisions and used a number of strategies to solve problems collaboratively. The day ended with teams presenting their app design to a group of judges from IBM, who had nothing but praise for the teams of budding entrepreneurs.

What they said:

  • “Our team had great leadership, he gave us some great ideas and organised the group.” – Student, Heartlands High School
  • “They worked really well collectively and combined each other’s ideas in their design.” – Volunteer, IBM
  • “The students have learned how a big industry works and they have had the chance to develop their problem-solving, leading and sharing ideas skills.” – Teacher, Friern Barnet

Thanks to IBM for such a great trip day, and to Years 9 and 10 from Friern Barnet and Heartlands High 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 or visiting

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