The School: Weavers Academy

This is the first year that Weavers Academy in Wellingborough are working with Enabling Enterprise. As part of the Creative Education Trust’s set of Challenge Days, students in Year 8 worked in teams to develop their enterprise skills whilst exploring the world of social entrepreneurship. Teams were awarded points when they displayed enterprise skill points, focusing on Problem Solving , Aiming High , Working in a Team and Problem Solving.

The Challenge: Social Entrepreneur

In teams, the students researched issues faced by vulnerable social groups in preparation for setting up their own social enterprise that would help solve one of those issues. They devised clear mission statements and detailed business plans for their enterprises. Students showed passion and creativity, imagining innovative solutions to the problems they researched.

The Results:

Given that the students had not experienced an enterprise day before, they were initially unaware of what to expect. Over the course of the day, team dynamics developed brilliantly and Leading skills were demonstrated by different team members in various tasks. The challenge culminated in a set of presentations on-stage in the assembly hall where teams shared the business plans of their social enterprises. Although this was a daunting task for some, developing important Presenting skills, necessary for the future. Some amazing and inspiring ideas were presented ranging from an app to connect refugees to a campaign to tackle mental health issues in young people.

What they said:

  • “These are the skills students need to be successful in life and I hope that the students who took part today remember the importance of them.” – Principal, Weavers Academy
  • “I’m so proud of myself for overcoming my fear of presenting! I can’t believe I stood up in front of my whole year group and presented. I am so proud of my team for coming second today!” – Student, Year 8

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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