The School:

Lilian Baylis Technology School works with Enabling Enterprise to provide their Year 8 students with essential skill development in the classroom through team-based activities set in the real world. Last year several groups of Year 8 students took part in business trips to the world of work such as corporate bank UBS, and international law firms Weil and Freshfields.


The Challenge: Business in a Day

Students became entrepreneurs for the day by competing in teams to set up a company designing and pitching a new concept for merchandise, based on an event or place. Students needed to demonstrate that they were Working in a Team during their whirlwind tour of business and set of mini-challenges. Students used their creativity when they formed their own company and designed a new range of souvenirs – Problem Solving was paramount when they manufactured their prototypes using a limited amount of resources. Teams worked to tight deadlines to create a business plan to explain how their £250,000 investment could be used. The challenge culminated with teams Presenting their new companies in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch and then voting for the business they liked best.

What they said:

  • “I am so proud of the students today, from the effort they have put in to their final presentations, all on the last day of term too!” – Teacher
  • “Today has been great, a day to be creative and use all our own ideas!” –Student
  • “We incorporated our ideas to make sure we had the best possible strategy. There were times when we disagreed, but we encouraged each other and showed a good team spirit.” – 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 enablingenterprise.org

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