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The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge Finals saw 1,400 youngsters, aged 11-15 from across the UK take part in pitching their ideas to a judging panel which included Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis and the TES editor.

Theo said that enterprise must be “at the heart” of education so that schoolchildren can learn the right skills for their future careers.

The successful businessman said that the future was “looking positive” after 50,000 UK youngsters took part this year in the UKs largest ever schools enterprise challenge.