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The National Enterprise Challenge 2014

posted 11 Feb 2014, 03:16 by . WebResources Account   [ updated 13 Feb 2014, 02:48 ]

‘It’s all about empowering the students’ come to mind when Hannah Francois, Year 13 asked me in October whether she and her team could organise an event as part of their BTEC Business coursework. 
Born was the Year 9 National Enterprise Challenge 2014.
Hannah and her team set about primarily getting permission from Mr Wakefield, booking accommodation and planning with daily communication from TNEC.  Equally, it became apparent that ‘empowering students’ in Year 13 could be extended to photography and hospitality for the event.

On Thursday, 30th January 14, Hannah and her team greeted the TNEC party of four at 8.00am.  At 9.10am the managed the 150 Year 9 students all lined up outside the upstairs hall in anticipation.

After lesson 4, short listing from the TNEC team the Year 9 students returned from lunch to a panel of judges (head boy and girl added more student empowerment to the event).  There could only be one winner and one by one each shortlisted Year 9 group professionally presented their ideas!   Everybody was engrossed.  Nervousness was creeping in and then suddenly up walks team Harry Simkins – wow!  Confident, in control, audience gripped and when Harry suddenly broke into song everybody in the hall could see the winners.  We were wrong...

The winners of the 2014 National Enterprise Challenge was award to ‘Multi Flips’, who created a flower smelling flip flop (for smelly feet in the summer) that changes to a different colour when in water! 

The team included Baaba Andoh (GTL), Seniha Iscioglu (GTL), Ibrahim Kamara (SSA), Kadir Karooglan (RPH), Ikhlas Mohammed (TMT) and Omolabake (SKH).  They will attend the final of the TNEC in July in Manchester!  Well done to them BUT...  the whole day has got to be down to the successful planning, facilitation and delivery of the Year 13 Event Management Team:

Within no time the Year 9 students where set the daily challenge set down by Gandy’s Flip Flops (currently the fastest growing Social Enterprise in the UK to create a unique flip flop different from others linked to ethical and social experiences.   The students were also required to create a unique selling point, 4 P’s of marketing strategy (product, price place and promotion), create an advert or radio advert to act out and to be able to present their ideas to a panel of judges if shortlisted.

The Year 13 Events Team facilitated, managed and encouraged the Year 9 groups.  In my whole entire teaching career I was speechless.  150 Year 9 students engaged in activity facilitated by other students from the school.