Linking school and community through enterprise

Enterprise week 2018

 

It is essential for young people to meet individuals from outside their direct peer and family group – the value in this is huge. In particular, for the students, it can direct them to a path they didn’t even know existed. But it also benefits those in the business world who choose to get involved in initiatives like these, who have told us that they leave with a feeling of satisfaction and increased sense of purpose through this positive work with children. Patsy Kane (2017) Headteacher of the Education and Leadership Trust.

For the first time our children will have access to higher aspirations than ever before. We are linking local business to education at a grass roots level. We are that passionate about educating the whole child and opening opportunities for our most disadvantaged children in Nottingham we have dedicated a whole week of our curriculum to Enterprise in the community.

Each class is turned into a small business. They are given a start up loan of £30 from the ‘Friends of Leen Mills’ parent organisation and are tasked with creating, designing and selling a product and service by the end of the week. Throughout the week the children write persuasive writing adverts, conduct and analyse market research and estimate profits in maths.

Shops include; bakeries, chocolate shops, nail salons, tattoo parlors, flower stalls, photo booths with green screen animations and fitness suites selling healthy snacks and drinks. Money raised by all the shops will be combined to buy educational resources for our school library and outdoor seating equipment. The school council also voted to donate some of the profits to a charity. A percentage of money made by the children will be donated to Forever Stars, Intu Nottingham’s charity of the year. Intu Victoria Centre have supported our enterprise week by providing a school trip for 20 of our most disadvantaged children who will experience what it is like to set up, manage and run a business. Intu have also helped to encourage a spirit of enterprise with ‘The entrepreneur of the week’ award where one chosen child is awarded a Intu gift voucher to spend with their family in store.

 

We would like to thank supporting businesses who have offered to host or visit our school. These include; Intu Victoria Centre, Experian, HMRC, Tortilla, Disney store Nottingham, Warburton’s bakeries, Cadbury World, Tesco Extra Hucknall, PureGym Nottingham, Build a Bear, Krispy Kreme Nottingham, Hucknall Leisure Centre, Linby Farm shop, Another Mother and the BBC’s Apprentice runner up David Stevenson.

 

With the help of more local businesses, entrepreneurs and inspirational people, we aim to strengthen the link between education and the wider community, giving our children the most opportunity to aspire and achieve. If you own your own business or work for a company that would like to get involved next year please contact Tom at tkonsek@leenmills.notts.sch.uk or tweet @tomkonsek. Find out more: https://youtu.be/nijkn7rWaZc

Published by Mr K Education

Tom Konsek is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Primary school teacher in the East Midlands, UK. He shares his innovative ideas about curriculum and technology via his blog.

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