As part of the national Careers Strategy and the Gatsby Benchmarks, schools are required to give young people the opportunity to develop employability skills, the general skills employers are looking for, including enterprise skills.
So Ms Warrington (teacher) and Lynn Addison (Careers Adviser from Ideas4Careers) took up the challenge – a whole school enterprise day!
Well here at Beech Academy, those employability skills were seen in abundance and what a positive buzz there was in the school.
Each class was given the challenge to:-
• create a business plan
• make their product
• create the packaging
• ‘dress’ a table top stall
• ‘give their pitch’ to Lord Lucas (aka Mr. Lucas the Headmaster) – The Apprentice here we come
• sell the products to their fellow students – each student having 2 Beech pounds to spend on what they liked
The products included:-
• handmade boxes
• bath bombs
The students were amazing – they worked out of their comfort zones:- working off timetable, taking on new roles, working as a team, showing creativity, determination and resilience, especially when things didn’t go quite to plan. Let’s just say, making slime isn’t as easy as it looks. even then Year 10 really pulled together and made new products to sell and supporting classmates who found it more challenging than themselves.
Thanks, also to the Post 16 students who sat in with each class & assessed the teamworking – you did a great job and gave clear examples, which helped us decide on the team of the day prize.
Best Team – Year 7 – your team working was so impressive, every time your group were visited everyone was fully engaged, you all knew your job roles and carried them out, really pulling together to get the job done – hope you enjoy your lunch out at McDonald’s
The other prizes were awarded to:-
Best product – Year 9- bath bombs – hand made and packaged under the name ‘Exploding Duckies’ .
Mr. Lucas was impressed by the standard of the product you had made.The smelt amazing.
Best market Stall – Year 7 – cakes – hand made and decorated with butter icing
Extra prize – Year 10 – Best Pitch – Beech Makers made toys for young children
Lord Lucas was so impressed with the pitches – new terms learnt, confidence built, and great examples of communication skills.
A huge thank you to every single member of staff who worked so hard with their teams to make the day such a success. You are a huge credit to yourselves and the school.
Last but not least a huge round of applause to every single student who worked so hard and not only demonstrated employability skills but also beech’s core values of
We may all have gone home exhausted, but everyone should be so proud of what they have achieved – some great products, lots of fun, and plenty of examples of ambition, integrity, inclusivity, endeavour and resilience
Here’s to next year – Mansfield Market here we come.