The School: Newbury Hall

Newbury Hall International Study Centre, based in Newbury in Berkshire, aims to make sure its students develop the intellectual and social behaviour and attitudes that will allow them to lead a fulfilling life both on the personal and professional front. Newbury Hall delivers a ‘trajectory education’, allowing pupils to forge their own learning practices in harmony with their personality and learning to think for themselves, to decide for themselves and to plan for themselves.

Today’s workshop was a result of students’ entry into Enabling Enterprise’s Global Entrepreneurship Week competition, in which the Newbury Hall students’ entry was awarded the Runners-Up prize.

The Challenge: Enterprise Skills Workshop

Through the workshop, students were asked to think about employability and what an employable person would look like to them. By identifying what skills and behaviours an employer looks for, they reflected on their own skill sets and how they approach different situations in order to present themselves in the best possible way.

Students were then introduced to the eight essential enterprise skills and worked on a series of sort tasks which were designed to allow for these skills to be put into practice! The tasks stretched the teams’ Being Creative and Problem Solving skills by asking them to think innovatively and use their imagination in a range of ways, Listening to and Understanding their team mates’ ideas whilst also Leading colleagues and Working in a Team to get the jobs done to tight deadlines, and Staying Positive when things didn’t quite go to plan!

At the end, teams finished by Presenting their ideas to the rest of the group and the students were Aiming High to reflect on their own skill development, identifying strengths and areas for improvement to take forward.

What they said:

  • “We have been very creative in our work today and have shown good ideas. Our organisation wasn’t the best, however, and it shows that we need to communicate more and work together as a team, not as individuals.” – Student
  • “It’s really important for them to have this view of their own strengths and weaknesses and to gain an understanding of what skills are required to be successful.” – Teacher

Thanks to everyone for such a great workshop!

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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