Building skills for learning, life and work
Establishing a social enterprise within your school will engage young people in the practical and creative skills of running a viable enterprise.
It can promote new career directions for pupils with a diverse mixture of abilities and interests, whilst also enriching their sense of social justice.
How two schools grew enterprises from tasty food
Farmer's Market Day | Sgoil Dhalabroig
Sgoil Dhalabroig, a primary school in South Uist, have grown a variety of vegetables over the last few years. Their work extends pupils' learning into the outdoors and creates opportunities for linking sustainable development and cross-curricular work within the school in both English and Gàidhlig.
Each September, once planting, weeding and harvesting have been done, pupils sell their fresh homegrown produce to the wider community. Whether it be from a Farmer's Market Day at school or Harvest Soup Day with senior citizens, the money raised is paid into an enterprise/eco account to fund the following year's garden.
Cake-A-Licious | Lourdes Secondary School
Pupils of Lourdes Secondary School saw a gap in the market for quality produce at reasonable prices. Their social enterprise makes tasty treats related to the occasions of the year such as Christmas and Easter, and then sells them to customers in their secondary school.
Once a profit target has been achieved, they donate the money to small charities that focus on children in need of help, also reinvesting a proportion in their future projects. They're developing their skills in leadership, teamwork, negotiation, marketing, literacy and numeracy, whilst increasingly building awareness of the work the charities they support seek to accomplish.