EE Project Officer Beth Price looks back at the highlights of this term.

17,000 students + 120 schools + 190 EE programmes + over 40 trips to top businesses = one enterprising term!

Autumn is always a hectic season. You begin with the start of new school year, with new pupils to meet and new opportunities to explore. Before you know it, you’re frantically rehearsing lines for the school play, writing a million and one Christmas cards, and taking down the displays you so painstakingly constructed. Here at EE, we’ve also hard at work, meeting new schools, working with inspiring students and delivering trips at businesses all over the UK. Our students have launched themselves into the world of enterprise – working together to take on new challenges, get creative and overcome all manner of obstacles.

So, before we sit down to warm our toes in front of a crackling fire, we want to reflect on our Autumn diary and celebrate the achievements of some wonderful students and teachers, whom we have had the privilege of working with this term. This one goes out to the next generation of entrepreneurs – we hope you are having a wonderful and well-deserved holiday!

August: Getting Ready

After a summer of sunshine and preparation, by mid-August it was time to snap into action and get ready for the packed term ahead.

The new academic year was launched with a bang at the ‘BACA Summer Biz Camp’ – an intensive two week enterprise camp for a group of Year 6 who were about to start at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy. The transition from primary to secondary school can be stormy, so we developed a project to equip students with new skills, refresh their confidence and boost their entrepreneurial credentials. Working in close-knit teams and supported by ambassadors from Year 7, the students enjoyed the challenge of creating and leading their own businesses, as well as the chance to explore secondary school life with advice and encouragement of older students.

BACA Summer Biz Camp was a fantastic start to our term and a great way to set students off on the right foot in their new school.

September: Fresh Start

Whether buying new stationary, making new friends or exploring new subjects, September is a time for fresh starts. There were plenty of fresh starts at EE too. Four new staff joined our team – Alexi, John, Sinead and Leah – a dedicated group of teachers who have brightened up our office no end! With a growing team, we were ready and eager to go.

Since then, we have travelled all over the UK, meeting new schools and forming new partnerships to bring enterprise to students of all ages. In September, we launched our first project for Year 2 – ‘Step One’ – at four primary schools. Students worked together to design and run their own fundraising activities – from book sales to cartoon cinemas – uniting the community and raising money for charity. After all, you’re never too young to be enterprising!

October: Building Momentum

In October, with projects and challenge days in full swing, Enabling Enterprise had a chance to reflect on the previous academic year. Our 3rd annual Celebration Event was hosted by our business partner UBS. Teachers, businesses and social entrepreneurs gathered to hear stories from five outstanding schools we had worked with over the last academic year. The students and teachers stood up and proudly shared their entrepreneurial journeys with the audience – from pitching their own toy brand at Hamleys to organising a school-wide talent contest. We also launched our Impact Report, which highlighted that 96% of students reported that taking part in Enabling Enterprise had improved confidence, 88% teamwork and 86% leadership.

Thank you to all the students and teachers involved, for sharing their stories and creating such an impact. We can’t wait to see what you will achieve in the year ahead!

November: Time for Innovation

November was one of our busiest and most exciting terms. As well as hosting over 40 school trips to top businesses, we celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week through a brand new challenge day. 3,000 students from Aldridge Academies in Brighton and Darwen created and launched over 300 souvenir businesses in the space of a single day!

Innovation was the buzz word of the month, especially amongst students from Cardinal Pole School and Our Lady’s Convent, who prepared to launch their own tech enterprises. Through our ‘Innovate IT’ programme, the Hackney students used tech to begin designing and creating their own online businesses, supported by cutting-edge internet start-up, Forward. As we watched the students exchange ideas with top tech professionals, it was clear we were in the presence of some of tomorrow’s tech stars!

December: Celebrate Good Times

With the term coming to a close, December was the time for festivities – to reflect and celebrate achievements, and to look forward to the year ahead.

As well as exciting challenge days and business trips, one of the term’s many highlights was seeing students from Riversdale Primary School design and sell greetings cards at Empiric Solutions, which were then chosen to be the official Christmas card of the business! Congratulations Riversdale – entrepreneurs in the making.

The festivities didn’t stop there. To celebrate Chanukah, the students of Akiva Primary School took on the Social Entrepreneur Challenge, and launched projects to benefit their local community. After a busy day of brainstorming and campaigning, Akiva showed us how a small set of resources could go a very long way.

To cap off the year, it was time for us to celebrate a piece of news ourselves – Enabling Enterprise has been named the third fastest growing social enterprise in the UK, through the RBS SE100 Awards! A high note to end another busy and enterprising EE term.

Many thanks to all the students and teachers who have been part of this exciting journey! We are looking forward to continuing it with you in January.

Seasons Greeting and Happy New Year!
The EE Team

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