The School: Ash Green School and Arts College

Ash Green School and Arts College in Warwickshire is a Secondary School in their first year of working in partnership with Enabling Enterprise. So far they have taken part in a range of business trips to employers such as IBM, Hogarths and Birmingham City University, particularly honing in on Working in a Team, Problem Solving and Aiming High. As part of the Creative Education Trusts set of Challenge Days, students in Year 8 worked in teams to develop all eight of the enterprise skills whilst exploring the world of business.

The Challenge: Business in a Day

The Business in a Day challenge was specially selected to get students Working in a Team as young entrepreneurs. Competing to set up their own company, the eager Year 8 students were tasked with designing, making, marketing and selling special souvenirs for a specific event, place or customer.

The Results:

The students’ Working in a Team and Using Imagination skills were certainly put to the test for the day. It was great to see the students developing Staying Positive skills, particularly when it came to making quick decisions that the whole group was happy with. The teams showed excellent Problem Solving with maturity if any disagreement arose. The challenge culminated with students maximising their Sharing Ideas as they presented their products and explained the process involved in creating their masterpieces. At the end of the fast-paced, busy day, teachers were proud of what their students had achieved.

What they said:

  • “The progress over just one day has been really great to see. Some of the ideas and quality of the work has been impressive.” – Teacher, Year 8
  • “I think my team worked really hard and I’m so proud of our idea and how we solved problems.” – Student, Year 8

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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