The School: Bedford Free School

Bedford Free School is a four form-entry secondary school based in Bedford. They have been working with Enabling Enterprise for three years developing Enterprise Skills with their new Year 7s. Each year, the whole year group become space explorers and undertake a challenge called Operation: Moonbase.

The Challenge: Operation Moonbase

Having discovered Utopia, a new moon in a distant galaxy, the UN asked the newly appointed astronauts to design a brand new society, complete with 3D models for the city. To start, the teams needed to make quick decisions on who to take as part of their crew based on their CVs and footage from their interviews. Once teams decided on how best to spend their budget, construction began on 3D maps. The day ended with an Intergalactic Trade Fair where students presented all their hard work and voted as teams for the most creative maps and persuasive presentations.

The Results:

Throughout the morning, teams reflected on the different careers that they were investigating while preparing to set up their societies on Utopia. They became recruitment managers, exploring the Problem Solving required trying to find the right person for the job. Teams took on the roles of politicians when they were Presenting different perspectives on current laws and thinking about writing their own Utopian Constitution. During the big build, it was important to consider how project managers, architects and builders work together to get the job done. Finally, teams considered the role of advertisers and pitched their society to the rest of their tutor group.

What they said:

  • “It’s nice to see them in a different context, working together and solving problems in their teams” – Teacher, Year 7 tutor
  • “The students have been so engaged and really got into the spirit of the day” – Teacher
  • “I’m proud that I worked in a team today because I normally only do things on my own” – Student

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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