The School: The South Leeds Academy

TSLA have begun their third year of working in partnership with Enabling Enterprise and have embarked upon another exciting programme of developing the Enterprise Skills of their KS3 students. With a particular focus upon Year 7, the Academy are setting the standard of secondary education as being the next phase of the students’ pathway to the working world, and through no better means than setting them the task of Operation Moonbase.

The Challenge: Operation Moonbase

Operation Moonbase challenged the students’ skills in Problem Solving, Working in a Team and Aiming High, as they were set the task of designing a society on a new moon. The students faced a number of challenges that also tested their ability at Staying Positive when their crew were in crisis and the teams needed to select only five new members to begin constructing the new society. Their ability to create new laws and design and construct their society also became the ultimate test of their ability at Being Creative and Listening and Understanding, as they were given a range of information that helped them reach their final construction and be ready to pitch their ideas to the rest of their group.

The Results:

Being reminded of the winning prize of trip places to Price Waterhouse Cooper’s offices in Leeds city centre, the students quickly cemented their abilities at Working in a Team and prepared their pitches in a limited amount of time. Each team was tested at Aiming High, as they offered a persuasive and engaging pitch to sell their designs. Such pitches, made the student judging difficult and when the extra points for winning the presentation stage were added to the board, the atmosphere was tense as the scoreboards were close. Winning teams aside, all students challenged themselves to showcase their abilities and walked away from the day with a greater understanding of the value of Enterprise and their newfound strength in many of the eight Enterprise Skills. Well done, Year 7!

What they said:

  • “It has been great to see the students present their societies and enjoy doing something different.” – Teacher, Year 7
  • “We have been creative by all sharing our ideas to think of a design and by being creative in our language to present what we have done.” – Student, Year 7

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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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