Case Studies

Gleniffer High School

Gleniffer High School

Gleniffer High School

Key Facts

The project involved:

  • Think Business (S1): Teacher led with YES materials a series of lessons and challenges designed to be run in 45 minute slots for S1 introducing and reinforcing enterprise concepts
  • Think More business (S2): Teacher led with YES materials a series of lessons and challenges designed to be run in 45 minute slots for S2 introducing and reinforcing enterprise concepts
  • The High Street Challenge (S2): Day long enterprise event led by YES Trainers where young people worked in teams to come up with a business they could potentially set up and run in a local disused shop unit
  • Do Enterprise (S3): A day- long enterprise event led by YES trainers where young people to develop and pitch an innovative business idea.
  • Enterprise Life and Work (S4): 14 two-hour sessions delivered by a YES trainer to 10 S4 pupils that led them to running their own business within the school

How it developed

The YES/Gleniffer relationship was established as part of this pilot. The S1 and S2 materials were made available for use by the business studies department and were rolled out to most of S1 and S2. All of S2 took part in the High Street Challenge sessions and a select group of S3s took part in Do Business.

What pupils gained

  • Understanding of issues relating to business practice and a further understanding of how businesses help to satisfy needs.
  • Participating in collaborative enterprise activities leading to enhanced communication and teamwork skills
  • Developing entrepreneurial skills that contribute to the success of the activity.
  • Developing the skills and attributes that will be needed for learning, life and work.
  • Gaining understanding of the relevance of their current cross-curricular learning to future opportunities.
  • Given the opportunity to use enterprise activities to make informed choices about their lives and learning.
  • Practical experience of enterprise and business

Outcomes

Pupils who participated in the Inventor's Challenge demonstrated the following Attributes across the four capacities of CfE:

  • Enthusiasm and motivation for learning
  • Determination to reach high standards of achievement
  • Openness to new thinking and ideas
  • Ambition
  • An enterprising attitude
  • Self-reliance

Pupils who participated in the Inventor's Challenge demonstrated the following Capabilities across the two capacities of CfE:

  • Literacy, numeracy and communication skills
  • Think creatively and independently
  • Learn independently and a part of a group
  • Make reasoned evaluations
  • Link and apply different types of learning in new situations
  • Relate to others and manage themselves
  • Develop and communicate their own beliefs and view of the world
  • Assess risk and make informed decisions
  • Achieve success in different areas of activity
  • Make informed choices and decisions
  • Develop informed, ethical views of complex issues
  • Communicate in different ways in different settings
  • Work in partnership and in teams
  • Take the initiative and lead
  • Create and develop
  • Solve problems

Sustainability

Gleniffer is very interested in continuing the relationship assuming funding is available.

Partners

None, other than business volunteers from the area and the Renfrewshire council.

Support

Support from the school was mainly in terms of teachers and room allocations for the various classes and events. YES made use of its own volunteer network to get volunteers as and when needed.

YES provided all S1 and S2 materials for Do Business and Do More Business as well as providing facilitators and volunteers for the day and half day challenges.

A YES point of contact (Rab Macdonald) was made available to act as a support for other related enterprise activities as well as a point of contact for business volunteers.

Contact details

Amochrie Road
Paisley
Renfrewshire
PA2 0AG

Phone: 01505 813 116

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