Year 8 students at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form have had their entrepreneurial taste buds sharpened by a chance to get to grips with global consumerism, marketing and business. They spent Monday 12 June 2017 working with teachers from our Geography and Business departments, designing, producing and selling a shoe. Groups had to create a company, appoint staff, budget for materials and plan for profit. Along the way, they learned about the ways in which the garment industry can affect workers in less economically developed countries, and about how some people are concerned that people’s lives may be made more difficult by our Terms of Trade.
Students began their day with an introduction to the World of Business, looking at well known brands and logos, analysing popular and successful adverts, and discussing the processes by which a business operates. They then formed their companies, appointing Managing Directors as they went along. These companies then designed, produced and marketed a shoe. At the end of the day, each class ran its own “Dragon’s Den”, where the students decided which shoe they would give their financial backing.
Students approached the task before them with great enthusiasm, and their teachers were impressed by the creative designs, innovative marketing campaigns, and business savvy of many of the teams. The students said that they enjoyed the chance to spend some focused time on an activity, and they appreciated the chance to connect some ideas and knowledge from different subject areas. They were able to use skills and knowledge learned in Geography and Business Studies as well as Ethics, Mathematics, English and Drama, while at the same time developing “transferable skills” involving team work, problem solving and communication.
Deep Thinking Days are part of the school’s programme to develop students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. Our next Deep Thinking Day is on Tuesday 27 June 2017, when Year 7 students will be working with English and Performing Arts teachers, thinking about the values that we all consider heroic. Recent events in West London, Southwark and Finchley and in Manchester, along with the responses of the Emergency Services as well as members of the public, will feature in the students’ discussions
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