There aren’t many people who could say they have led a team to business success at the age of ten.

But students from Chisenhale can add that to an already long list of achievements, after an intensive two week business competition, involving all students from Years 3 – 6. Working in mixed age teams, the children carried out an extended project in which they researched, designed and made a product which they then sold at a school trade fair on Monday. Twelve winning teams were whittled down to five in a gruelling showdown, as they pitched their business ideas to a panel of expert judges. The victorious teams then came together today at Societe Generale, all vying to be crowned the champions of the Big Business Challenge.

The five final teams came up with some fantastic products, from home-made cushions and cuddly toys to bookmarks and smoothies. But what made Chisenhale’s challenge so unique was that students worked together in small teams of mixed year groups. Many of the older children became natural leaders, supporting the others and galvanising team spirit. The younger ones had a chance to engage in more advanced activities and to learn from their older peers.

Undaunted and inspired by the amazing views of London from the 15th floor of Exchange House, students gave clear, confident and well planned presentations to the judges, who were extremely impressed by what they heard, in particular the amount of work they had managed to fit into two weeks, the progress they had made in such a short time and the motivation every team showed to succeed! The fact that all these activities were condensed into just two weeks is what gave the Grand Finale such momentum. The amount of energy and determination that the students put into their projects was palpable, and we can’t wait to see what they go on to do next.

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    [...] and cushions, there’s no limit to what can be produced with a little imagination. Check out what these students in East London got up to last term, selling their unique creations at a whole school fair. 2. Tame [...]

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