Visionary Heads Are Putting Young Minds To Work



Forward-looking head teachers from state and independent schools are incorporating enterprise courses into their curriculumfor children aged 10-18 to introduce them to the workings of the business world. Stride is an education enrichment partnershipthat designs and delivers challenging programmes to open children’s minds to the world of business and enterprise.

Stride has been working with teachers and pupils in the South East and Greater London area to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset by giving young people the skills, knowledge and aspirations they need to be successful in our fast-changing world of work.  

The ‘Putting Young Minds to Work’ course is a programme of 6 to 8 sessions delivered by experienced trainers, all of Visionary Heads Are Putting Young Minds To Workwhom have a background in business. The emphasis is on making the programme as ‘real life’ as possible and so the children are loaned £40 per team and the expectation is that the business they design, set-up and run makes a profit. Nikki de Bruin, Stride’s Co-Founderadded, “Stride is injecting the 4thR, what we call Real Life experience, into the education system by designing unique programmes combining business theory with practical experience, all delivered by trainers with a business background.  The aim is to reinforce theory and build skills through learning-by-doing.”

Each ‘Putting Young Minds to Work’ course culminates in a final event which sees the school’s teams competing with each other to win the ‘PerfectPitch award. First the children present their research, marketing plans, budgets and products to a team of judges and this is followed by the products being put to test ‘in-market’ as they go on sale on stalls at the schools.  All children receive a Stride work experience accreditation certificate and there are awards for the most profit made as well as the team which gave the best presentation. 

Using pupils’ pre and post course self-assessment questionnaires, Stride issues schools with Impact Reports which can be used to show parents, governors and inspectorate bodies.

Stride works with schools, charitable organisations and businesses to enrich children’s learning.  Stride offers a range of unique business courses, that reach younger children (year 5) and also older children (years 7 to 10).  And 2018 saw the introduction of new courses designed for children from years 11 up to sixth form.  

For more details on Stride’s ‘Putting Young Minds to Work’ programmes, please get in touch with Nikki de Bruin, co-founder at 07986 336134.