Enterprise Week at Leen Mills Primary School in Nottingham

Leen Mills Primary School is a larger-than-average-sized primary school in Nottingham. The school had a unique take on using Primary Futures, as they incorporated volunteers from the world of work into their Enterprise Week in their school. This entailed children competing to create, market and sell a product throughout the week as part of team, culminating in a stall on the Friday where students compete to be Entrepreneur of the Week! Children must be team players and develop skills in creativity and problem solving throughout the week.

The teacher, Tom Konsek, had been organising an Enterprise week for the last couple of years, this time relating what they were doing to real-life jobs using Primary Futures to source a range of volunteers. He hoped to raise aspirations for the children, with a special focus on science-related role models. Volunteers included a Scientist, Construction Engineer, Dog Walker, Learning & Development Consultant and a Sports Coach.

To kick off their Enterprise Week, Tom set up a ‘What’s my line?’ assembly game, where the students were competing against the adults to correctly guess the job roles of the volunteers. Questions asked included “Does your job involve working outdoors? Is your job about sports?”. They then went into classroom talks where the children could learn more about their job roles and how they got there. The school have created a video to share what went on in their school: