The School:

St Catherine’s RC school is in its third year working with Enabling Enterprise. Previously, students have been busy developing a set of eight Essential Skills by creating and publishing their own school newsletter in the ‘Making News’ Lesson-time Project and participating in the ‘Greetings Cards’ Challenge Day. Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to put their all eight of their Essential Skills to the test once more with gusto.

The Challenge: Social Entrepreneur

The Year 5 students gathered together in the hall and were introduced to their challenge. Over the course of the day, students used their Working in a Team skills to develop entrepreneurial solutions to social problems that needed 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 in a community trade fair. The students impressed their teachers so much in terms of their ideas and presentations that they will be sharing their work again with members of Caritas next week to show how they can truly make a difference.

What they said:

  • “I am so impressed with how they are responding. They have really had to think a lot for this challenge and they are persevering.” – Teacher
  • “They have learned a lot today and it has been very interesting to see them address misconceptions around such important issues.” – Teacher
  • “My best skill improvement has been in Leading. I hadn’t worked with most of my group before, so I had to learn about them first and then find jobs that they liked.” – Student
  • “Our idea will help the elderly feel like they are included again and we hope to make it even better in the future!” – 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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