The School:

Bow School Sixth Form is in its first year working with Enabling Enterprise. Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 12 & Year 13 to put their Essential Skills to the test. Following on from this, students will continue to focus on the eight Essential Skills, engaging with our short skill videos during tutor times and reflecting on how they can apply them across the curriculum.

The Challenge: Social Entrepreneur

Over the course of the day, students used their Working in a Team skills to develop entrepreneurial solutions to social problems that need tackling. In teams, the students explored the different problems affecting the people in their community, before applying their Problem Solving skills and to decide on the best way to help them. After developing a new social enterprise and creating advertising materials, students used their Presenting skills to share their solutions and branding.

Teams decided to tackle challenging social problems to help a range of vulnerable groups. One group designed an app where young carers could socialise, another team decided to create informative online video content to raise awareness of the problems homeless people face. To support young offenders, one team looked to set up a service where previous offenders can speak to students at risk of falling into crime. There was a summer school set up, which employed lots of disabled teachers to break the stigmas attached to disability with employers.

What they said:

  • “The ideas they’ve come up with are really imaginative. I’m pleased they were thinking about their communities and how they can help, as well as the transferrable skills they used” – Teacher
  • “We don’t always teach them these things and they really need them for now and in the future” – Teacher
  • “We want to help these people and make their life a little bit easier” – Student
  • “I get that we are going to need these skills in the future and I think we should be learning about them” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great Challenge Day!

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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