The School: South Nottinghamshire Academy

Enabling Enterprise has been working with South Nottinghamshire Academy, in Radcliffe-on-Trent, for two years to deliver enterprise education through our Enterprise Days and Business Trips. In 2016, Year 10 completed the Law in Action Challenge to great success. The school were therefore excited to pioneer the Future Focus Challenge with Year 10.

The Challenge: Future Focus

The students worked in teams within their tutor groups to explore three different Career sectors through listening to different employees from JLL talk about their job roles, and completing challenges that exercised the enterprise skills required in that sector. For example, the challenge of the Society and Government sector was to debate whether university tuition should be free.

The Results:

The range of sectors meant that the students were required to employ a wide variety of skills in the challenges they completed – students used their creativity skills to design adverts, stayed positive in the face of environmental disasters, presented business strategies to their classmates, and more. Across the year group, teams grew visibly more cohesive as the day went on, enthusiastic to succeed. Students thoughtfully considered their futures, linking the activities to their upcoming work experience placements.

What they said:

  • “I think that today has demonstrated the perfect skill-set needed for the workplace and how these are different from qualifications. ” – Year 10 Tutor
  • “I’ve got better at working in a team. I don’t normally work with the people I’m working with today and it was difficult at the start but it got easier as the day went on.” – Student, Year 10
  • “I can see how the challenge could link to the wider curriculum. I could definitely incorporate this into my lesson plans.” – Year 10 Tutor
  • “The Society and Government debate challenge really highlighted for me why I want to be a lawyer!” – Student, Year 10

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 enablingenterprise.org

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