Our Primary 7 class, containing 30 children, participated in the Pupil Profit Tuck Shop enterprise project. The focus was to offer more leadership and enterprise opportunities to our senior pupils whilst linking with the Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes within the core areas of literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.
The children began by creating a name, choosing a location and selecting products to sell at their own shop. Critical Literacy skills were developed throughout this process. The children had to consider communication skills through the power of advertising and creatively promote their product.
Through buying products and selling them, the children built upon important Numeracy skills. They began to analyse data, budget for their products and evaluate their profits. As the business ran over a long period of time, the children also experienced profit loss and borrowing.
“We learned how to apply for roles such as marketing and business. We also learned how to create and run our own business. We had to work together as a team and worked in our area of interest” – William, P7 pupil.
How it developed
At the beginning, all children were involved in creating the tuck-shop. A name was created, logo designed and products selected. The children were asked to apply for a role they would like to be involved in.
Once the children applied and successfully received their roles, they began to stock take and price products. Following this, the tuck-shop opened and the selling team followed their weekly rota. The other roles, such as Buying Managers and Stock Take continued to work alongside the selling team.
We are now several months into running the tuck-shop and the teams are continuing to do their roles. They have experienced some difficult situations such as profit loss and lack of customers but are continuing to solve these problems when they arise, for example, by introducing promotions and customer samples.
What pupils gained
“We improved our confidence when speaking to others and team building skills by working in a group” – Chelsey
“We have really enjoyed the experience! It was something fun to do in school while becoming more creative” – Lauren
“We have become more involved in our school. We are fully participating with our team (working together)” – Emma
“We have been really responsible – deciding prices, what to sell, etc.” – Finlay
“I feel more confident when I’m using money” – Amy
All children felt that it was a positive experience. They enjoyed creating the tuck-shop from scratch and felt responsible for it. They were all are still very excited when calculating their profit. The tuck-shop has demonstrated realistic expectations as to how a business builds its profit through careful planning and evaluating. Initially, the children expected to make a huge profit, enough to pay for a school trip/charity. However, the tuck-shop has taught them that running a business is challenging and that profit accumulates over time provided everyone takes responsibility for their roles within the business.
Pupil Profit Tuck Shop enterprise project has been a brilliant project for the P7 children. At the beginning, they were enthusiastic towards planning, managing and evaluating of the tuck-shop. They enjoyed making a profit and continued to consider ways to avoid loss. As the tuck-shop ran on, customers began to grow tired of the same products and were often requesting seasonal change. Suggestions were put forward such as Christmas candy canes, Easter eggs and summer smoothies. These suggestions helped increase customer interest and encouraged children to visit the tuck-shop. Encouraging pupil suggestions may help ensure the tuck-shop remains a sustainable venture within the school.
The cost of the Pupil Profit tuck-shop from Pupil Profit was the only cost. We borrowed our dinner ladies lunch trolley to set up our tuck-shop and asked our school clerical for a secure money tin and money bags. The children wrote to Mr Watson the Head Teacher to ask for a £20.00 float which they paid back with the profit they had made. The sales covered the expenses with the only loss being left over popcorn that went out-of-date over the Easter holiday period. All in all, it was a very low-cost project.
During Fairtrade Fortnight and the run-up to Christmas, additional enterprise groups joined the tuck-shop to fundraise for their own cause. No additional partners outwith the school were involved.
The Pupil Profit Tuck Shop enterprise project USB stick and folder were extremely beneficial throughout this project. The leaflets created for pupils inside the box were also used regularly.
Successful links made with Curriculum area Health and Wellbeing by looking at ‘Food Groups’ and ‘Healthy Living’.
Beancross Primary School