Zac visited Lowther school on the 10th December 2018 to judge their young enterprise event. Forward-looking head teachers from a series of primary schools in the Borough of Richmond-up-Thames are incorporating enterprise courses, through ‘Stride’ and ‘Putting Young Minds to Work,’ into their curriculum for children in year 6 (aged 10-11). The courses are designed to introduce the pupils to the workings of the business world.
Stride is an education enrichment partnership that designs and delivers challenging programmes to open children’s minds to the world of business and enterprise.
The ‘Putting Young Minds to Work’ course is a programme of 6 to 8 sessions delivered by experienced trainers, all of whom have a background in business. The emphasis is on making the programme as ‘real life’ as possible and so the children are loaned £40 per team.
Each ‘Putting Young Minds to Work’ course culminates in a final event which sees the school’s teams competing with each other to win the ‘Perfect Pitch’ award. First the children present their research, marketing plans, budgets and products to a team of judges and this is followed by the products being put to test ‘in-market’ as they go on sale on stalls at the schools. All children receive a Stride work experience accreditation certificate and there are awards for the most profit made as well as the team which gave the best presentation.
At the event, the School presented Zac with eggs and chutneys from the school farm, with which he has been involved in the past.
Zac judged a similar event at Mary Magdalene school earlier in the month.
Zac said of his trip to Lowther School: “The breadth of ideas developed by these school children is extraordinary. Lowther has surpassed itself and I was very pleased to receive the produce from the school farm, which is continuing to thrive.”