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

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