The School:

The Hart School is in its 2nd year working with Enabling Enterprise providing their Year 8 students with a Challenge Day Experience. Today was a fantastic opportunity for the 12- and 13-year olds to put their essential skills to the test.

The Challenge: Business in a Day

Students became entrepreneurs for the day by competing in teams to set up a merchandise company. The Year 8’s needed to demonstrate that they were Working in a Team during their whirlwind tour of business and set of mini-challenges. The need to Use Imagination when they formed their own company and designed a new range of souvenirs and Problem Solving was paramount when they created prototypes. Teams were excited to consider their budget and promote their company by creating a logo and a slogan. The challenge culminated with teams Presenting and Sharing Ideas for their new companies and seeking an investment of £250,000.

What they said:

  • “It’s great to have the opportunity to see my tutor group working in this way together-I’m actually impressed with how some of them have got on. They have responded far more positively than I’ve seen on previous occasions.” – Teacher
  • “The improvements this team have made is quite remarkable – it’s been great to see them actually enjoying working together – recognising each other’s strengths. I know they are really proud.” – Teacher
  • “Would I want to be in my team? That’s a hard question…yes I would but I’d make sure I listened to others’ ideas more and encouraged my team.” – Student
  • “It’s been difficult at times…but we have produced some great merchandise for our business and we thought carefully about our business plan and budget. The skills were important!” – 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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