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WEEK 30 - Friday 13 May 2022

On Tuesday, all of our year 9 students will be taking part in an “Enterprise Day” that is brilliantly organised by Miss Lawes and Mrs Edwards. The day is based on the Dragons Den TV show format where all the students are placed into teams and come up with a business idea that they pitch to a judging panel. As a business studies teacher, I believe that all students benefit greatly by understanding how businesses work, the impact that business owners have on the economy and also how anybody can come up with a business idea and potentially become their own boss. Many year 9 students have chosen Business Studies as one of their GCSE options for next year, so I am fully aware of the interest that my year group has already when it comes to enterprise and business. Hopefully as parents you understand why I am so passionate about students experiencing the enterprise day and why I feel enterprise education is so important. Here are just a few reasons:

 

  • It lets students know that starting and operating a business is a career option. This is particularly important for those that may not plan to go to higher education.
  • It reinforces basic skills in Literacy, Maths and ICT and relates these abilities to real applications.
  • Personal finance capabilities are developed which will help students in their work and personal lives.
  • It provides a bridge between the world of work and the school environment.
  • Entrepreneurial individuals are better employees and develop skills that are becoming increasingly in demand by employers.
  • It is a motivating approach to learning, developing in the student self-esteem and a sense of purpose.
  • It equips students with life skills and makes them more positive contributors to society.

 

The most important fact to consider is that enterprise education is focussed on the individual and their potential to achieve. By using the language of enterprise, it can be clearly stated that the aspirations of the students can benefit from this aspect of the curriculum.

I am really excited to get around as many groups as possible on Tuesday and look forward to watching all the groups present their business ideas to the judging panel….and you just never know…we might just discover the next Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos. 

If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at hoyyear9@hessleacademy.com 

Mr Leckenby

Head of Year 9

Mrs Newman

Assistant Head of Year 9