STEP FORWARD - Mullion School
School Enterprise- Commercial businesses run by young people
If you are a young entrepreneur or you know a group of young people who need some support in setting up a business, look no further.
Building on activities that are already happening in your school, and the energies of students, can really reap rewards for your school and the young people involved. STEP FORWARD is a marketing group based at Mullion School. It was formed as a natural progression of the school’s work with Creative Partnerships over the last 2 years.
STEP FORWARD have successfully marketed a Kneehigh production in return for the practitioners working with the group, they also aided the promotion of the ‘Landings’ project in summer 2005, a Cornwall wide event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
STEP FORWARD was then asked to market the Young People’s Day at the Film Festival Cornwall in November 2005. Two other schools, Newquay and Falmouth, were responsible for the organization and documenting of the event. Once more, with assistance and guidance from Creative Partnerships, they marketed the day succeeding in producing a full take up of all the available places. They also wrote a successful bid for lottery funding. They have now been asked to market the day for the next three years.
Since the beginning of this year the group have been busy giving presentations of their work to other students and various organisations around the country. These have included a presentation to Senior figures in Creative Partnerships which fed directly into a DfES Review, a presentation to the national Council of the Arts Council of England (the first group of young people to do so), a presentation to a business conference in Gloucester on Festival Organisation, running a stall at the National Lottery Conference in Bridgewater, giving a presentation at a Media Conference in Plymouth. They are also working hard to complete their portfolios which, hopefully, will gain them their Silver Arts Awards.
The teacher who has supported them through this process, Jackie Matthews, has won the Teaching Award for Enterprise in the South West teaching Awards 2006.
How can you make this happen in your school?
There are various organisations that can offer advice and guidance. Having the support of the school; the head teacher, governors and PTA will also be really useful. You will probably find that someone has some expertise they can offer.
Find information about funding and other organisations click here to go to the Funding section of the Really Useful Bit