Last week was Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), and students from across the academy had the chance to be involved in activities on site, and externally.
The international event is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.
Here’s how we celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week:
Year 7 Tutor Group Enterprise Challenge
Year 7 tutor groups were asked to come up with ideas of what kind of business they could start in school if they had a budget of around £10.
Our careers team picked out four ideas, gave the groups a ‘business loan’ and asked them to make it happen, giving them the chance to prepare and then trade during GEW.
The four teams had completely different businesses: a car wash, a tuck shop, a craft stall and an outdoor skill game.
The teams had varying successes due to the general pitfalls of starting a new business, however they all made a profit and learned a lot about how to manage and organise a start-up enterprise.
In association with a local enterprise group called Hull Ready Hub, Malet Lambert hosted an Enterprise Festival exclusively for primary school children in the local area.
Pupil representatives from Gillshill, Spring Cottage, Neasden, Mersey, and Cavendish primary schools created interactive activities for their visitors to get involved in - from demonstrations of how to make to winter hanging basket to a teambuilding STEM task where pupils had to build a tower out of spaghetti.
External agencies and Malet Lambert pupils and staff also attended, offering further tasks for students to enjoy, like robot making, how to wire a plug and turbine construction.
The students got to try each task during their time at the festival and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Amy, 10, from Spring Cottage Primary School said, “The things we’ve done have been really fun and I liked learning new skills.
James, 9, also from Spring Cottage said, “My favourite activity was making the Scribblerbot. It was fun playing with the motors and we learned some engineering skills.”
Secondary School Enterprise Masterclass.
Year 10 students were invited to a full day’s enterprise event at the Guildhall on Thursday of GEW, alongside other secondary schools in the Hull area.
During the day, they spoke to a variety of people who have started their own businesses at a young age, and then worked in teams to come up with an idea for a new educational product for schools.
Judges picked out the best ideas from the groups and asked them to pitch to the whole room and the panel - which included ex-Apprentice contestant Adam Corbally.
Following their nerve-wracking pitches, Malet Lambert were chosen as overall winners for their media wall design by challenge sponsors Sangwins. They won £300 in Amazon vouchers between them!
Year 8 Enterprise Soapbox
Bernie and Adam from educational company Innovative Enterprise visited Malet Lambert of the final day of GEW to deliver a full day enterprise workshop for Year 8 students.
The activity took students through from the conception of an idea for a product - in this case, a soap - to production, packaging, marketing and pitch.
Twenty teams had to each consider their target market, decide on the shape and smell of their soap, and make them from scratch using the kit provided. Then while the soaps were setting, they had to create packaging and a brand, ready to pitch to the room.
The atmosphere was buzzing with creativity and students came up with some brilliant concepts.
The winning product was the Exotic Beauty team, who gave a confident, well thought-out pitch and had created attractive packaging.