The School: Skinners Academy

Skinners Academy in Hackney are in their 3rd year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Year 7 pupils already completed their first Challenge Day, Moonbase, back in January but this time it was year 8’s turn to apply their Enterprise Skills such as Problem Solving and Working in a Team in a socially motivated challenge.

The Challenge: Social Entrepreneur

Over the course of the day, students worked in teams to develop entrepreneurial solutions to social problems that need tackling. The day started off by exploring the different problems affecting the people in their community, before deciding who to help and how to help them. After developing a business plan and creating advertising material, students presented their ideas in a community trade fair before reflecting on the skills they used over the course of the day.

The Results:

The teams used their imagination to come up with promotional materials that were creative and would persuade their visitors to vote for their business idea. The day culminated in a busy and bustling trade fair, where students listened carefully to the different business ideas for the social enterprises. The business ideas from the teams were incredibly impressive, congratulations Year 8!

What they said:

  • “I’ve been amazed at what the students did today, such creative ideas. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and will be borrowing some of the principles into my own teaching.” – Teacher
  • “It’s been good to think about the different people in society and how we can help them. At first it was difficult to think of ways for our social enterprise to make money like a business but we worked together to come up with some new ideas.” – 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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