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Enabling Enterprise


Enabling Enterprise is an award-winning not-for-profit social enterprise, set up by a team of teachers in 2009. Their mission is to equip young people with the skills, experiences and aspirations they need to succeed in life.


They focus on eight core skills that are the essential building blocks: Teamwork & Leadership; Listening & Presenting; Aiming High & Staying Positive; Problem Solving & Creativity. The Enabling Enterprise programme transforms these skills through a combination of lesson-time projects, challenge days and trips to top businesses. In each of these, pupils apply and develop their skills through project-based challenges with a real-life element from business – like making a radio show, setting up an art gallery or running a health campaign. Class teachers receive support throughout the programme which includes training on how to use the unique skills assessment tools that help to track skills and how they develop over time. 


Challenge Days

Challenge Days provide an exciting and engaging way for pupils across the whole school to work together and use their essential skills.


Challenge: Future Transport

Over the course of the day, pupils were Working in a Team to research, design, build and test a new form of transport for the future. They were set the challenge from Ronnie the Robot who’d travelled back in time to explain what the world would be like many years in the future. Teams applied their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skill through a series of challenges designed to put their skills to the test. At the end of the day, pupils tested each other’s designs and practised their presenting by Sharing Ideas in front of the class.


“We’re good at Staying Positive in my team because even if something goes wrong you can always turn it into something else.” – Pupil


Business Trips

Business Trips are designed to inspire and motivate students, as they learn more about the workplace, the sector and the employees. It is also an opportunity for them to further develop their understanding and application of the enterprise skills they have used at school in lesson time projects and Challenge Days in a real world situation supported by professional volunteers. The activities are led by EE staff, who are all trained and qualified teachers, with the support of volunteers from the business, however, school staff are also encouraged to get involved in the day as much as possible.


“They were great fun to work with and so well-behaved, too!” – Volunteer

“I was amazed at how much they understood!” – Volunteer

“They got so on board with budgeting – better than me actually!” – Volunteer

“I think something they’ll take away with them was to see all the different teams here, and that we too work with different people.” – Volunteer


Please click on the link below to see a full write-up of our Business Trip to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Lesson Time Projects

Lesson-time Projects bring pupils’ learning to life, giving them a chance to develop and apply their skills, while widening their understanding of the world of work. There are three projects per year group, each with 10 hours of content - perfect for an hour a week, or delivering in shorter ‘blocks’.


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A promotion video for a Year 5 Active Minds fitness session