On Friday all of our Year 9 pupils were involved in the Enterprise and Options Day which took place at Wycliffe. The Enterprise part of the day was run in partnership with GFutures, the education arm of GFirst LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and presented our pupils with a business challenge where they had to come up with a product or service to help the ‘busy business person’ or technology to improve internet safety. Pupils were split up into 13 teams and, aided by 13 visiting local businessmen and women, worked collaboratively to brain-storm ideas, develop solutions to a business-based problem, consider marketing and finance aspects before pitching their ideas in front of a judging panel. Delivering a PowerPoint presentation in front of your year group can be a daunting experience but all groups did really well, with the majority of pupils taking a turn at the microphone.
A wide-ranging number of business ideas included an ‘augmented reality table’, a ‘pocket pc’, a ‘crypto wallet’ and a self-cleaning sports bag (that got Mrs Holden’s vote!) but in the end the winners were Group 4 with their ‘Easy Notes’ – an online version of sticky notes that remind the user of work due, or upcoming events, via a colour-changing countdown. Odessa Beres, Nikol Yessimova, Ella Hu, Lauren Hartman, Izzy Small and Olivia Mozo not only demonstrated a sound and viable idea but they answered questions confidently (they clearly had a good grasp of their product) and gave a dynamic presentation supported by a great artwork visual. They are now through to the finals at GCHQ in Cheltenham on Friday 4 May where they will deliver their pitch again in front of GCHQ staff, GFutures staff and other local school teams. They will receive support in honing their idea and presentation from Careers Department staff and their Business mentor – Andy Vaughton – during the lead-up to the final.
Mrs Miranda Holden, Head of Careers