Enterprise at Highfurlong School
Entrepreneurship 360 & Highfurong
At Highfurlong we are committed to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to develop enterprise skills and capability. Businesses require future employees who can be innovative in their approach and adapt to change with a range of problem-solving skills. Such skills are an essential part of student preparation for adult life and the working world. We believe that successful enterprise learning will occur when it is embedded in the curriculum alongside Work Related Learning, Information Advice and Guidance (careers), citizenship and the Personalised Learning Curriculum Pathways.
A great starting point is focusing on personalised learning, to look at what motivates a pupil, what they're good at and then provide lots of opportunities to try new things and build self-esteem. It is important to get involved in a wide range of projects and initiatives because our students need as much experience of real life as possible. With the right support in place, anyone can be successful and we fully promote a Can Do Attitude.
All students are involved in National Enterprise Week every November and again during a week in May pupils are encouraged to participate in a wide range of enterprise activities during the year. Many of the businesses are run on a seasonal basis and we have a major focus on social enterprise projects, raising money for charities.
The majority of business ideas are arrived at through student led discussion. Market research is conducted to ascertain demand. Roles are decided within the business group and a business plan is developed, funding is sourced, order forms and posters designed and produced and unit costs worked out to establish prices, risk assessments completed and then the students produce the goods or provide the service. Spreadsheets and data are produced to support and advise sustainability. Students are involved throughout all processes and all their work is accredited within a variety of programmes of study.
All profits that are made within each business are put onto the students 'wages card' which are kept in school. This enables the students to make real choices about how to spend or save their money.