Cheslyn Hay High School Year 9s regenerate the area

I had an excellent day with Cheslyn Hay High School Year 9s. The school is very big on giving pupils the opportunity to develop their business and social skills.

The pupils did an Intelligence Quiz and a mini-challenge to create an art installation to demonstrate the future of Cheslyn Hay. We then gave them a budget of £100k to develop any part of town into a Social Enterprise Business.

All pupils came up with great ideas and then presented them to a judging panel made up of local business representatives:  Peter Cadman, Julie Lee and Tracey Wellings.There was a lot of ‘facing your fears’ as the pupils stood out front with a microphone in their hands and we ended up with fourteen superb presentations.

Young people developing the skills they’ll need for future success.

I’ll be back to see them again next year in Year 10!

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Literacy Day for Year 7 and 8 – One hundred twelve year-olds reading the Times and Mail!

I ran a two-day Literacy Event at The Mirus Academy in Walsall last week. Each day I had groups of Year 7 and 8 pupils developing their reading and writing abilities in a fun, competitive environment.

As usual, I had fantastic support from the local business community.

Day 1: David Tomalin – Age UK    Jacqui Pountney MBE – WES   Helen Gelsthorpe-Smith – Henn and Westwood

Day 2: David Tomalin- Age UK   Louise Taylor and Nicola Delahey- Juniper Training  Craig Vincent- Local Entrepreneur

My aim was to get the young people to read a quality newspaper and present a story they liked. I have to say they did a great job and chose some great stories, some of which I hadn’t seen.

A superb day with a group of lovely young people.

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Scrapheap Challenge 2013

Winners of the Scrapheap Challenge 2013

Winners of the Scrapheap Challenge 2013

Aldridge School

Runners up in the 2013 Scrapheap Challenge

Education Business Services Ltd

 

 

 

Police working with pupils at the 2013 Scrapheap Challenge

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The 2013 Scrapheap Challenge took place on Friday at Aldridge School in Walsall. Nine teams took part in a challenge to design a work of art of a new product from end-of-life computer components.

They had to present their ideas on stage to a panel of business experts.

Bristnall Hall Academy were worthy winners and will host the challenge in 2014

One again, EBS Ltd recruited a number of businesses to support the event. These included AF Blakemore and Son Ltd, South Staffs Water, The Highways Agency, Bryant Construction, West Midlands Police and RePc Ltd. Thnak you all for making the event a success and sharing your knowledge and experience with the young people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

School view of Education Business Services Ltd delivery….

From Blessed Robert Johnson College website

Year 8 Social Enterprise Event

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On Wednesday 1st May Year 8 were taken off-timetable to participate in a ‘Social Enterprise Event’ run by Lorenzo Cosco, from Education Business Services Ltd. Culminating in a Dragon’s Den style finale, students were asked to work in teams to create ideas that could be used to make a difference as well as generating money that could be used for Social Enterprise. The students came to school dressed in smart outfits, to help them to empathise more fully with the real world of work.

The judges included Peter Forrest, the Managing Director of Panoptic Systems Integrated Ltd in Newport, as well as representatives from the Department of Work and Pensions: Sophie Tipper, Carol Hartshorne, Christine Woolley and Anthony Hyde.

Also there to explain more about Social Enterprise and to highlight a competition for budding young social entrepreneurs were Eva Fryc and her colleague Julie from UnLtd, which supports and funds projects across the nation.

Chris Gosling from TCAT also came along to support the employability skills discussed and to raise awareness for students of the career choices they will be making in the near future regarding their options and post-16 courses.

The day was very productive and we are very proud of the effort that many students went to in their presentations and outfits. We’d like to express our thanks to Lorenzo Cosco and all of our visitors and hope that we can continue to keep in touch and build upon such a positive experience in the future.

Here are some comments from the students themselves:

“I learned life is hard. To get your dream you need to start when you are young and get good grades.”

 “I’ve learned that life isn’t as easy as it sounds. It was enjoyable to work alongside peers to swap ideas. Jobs don’t just come to you, you need to work hard.”

 “Today I have learned to co-operate with people I don’t always work with.”

 “I’ve learned today that team work and communication is vital.”

 “I enjoyed using creativity to make a design. I learned that you can work with anyone if you listen.”

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Social Enterprise and Skills development for Young People

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Top class presenting skills at the Cheslyn Hay High School Year 10 Social Enterprise Challenge.

Melody Hossaini from inspirEngage attended to add her expert knowledge as the young people came up with ideas and turned them into presentations. She also kindly joined the judging panel to choose the winners.

A great Skills Development day as the kids learned Teamwork, Communication and Presentation Skills.

A top class school with excellent young people.