A very enterprising young community

Year 2 to 4 pupils from Acklington CofE First School receiving their certificates from Alan Butland.
Year 2 to 4 pupils from Acklington CofE First School receiving their certificates from Alan Butland.

Pupils at a first school in north Northumberland have proved how enterprising they are following the completion of a special course.

Children at Acklington CofE First School have recently been working on Young Enterprise’s Our Community project, a five-week programme during which they looked at how communities develop, what use can be made of an empty shop and planning their own new community, choosing the best mixture of houses, shops and community buildings that can be provided within a fixed budget.

Working together, decision-making and budgeting are key elements of this very successful Young Enterprise programme.

The school currently has a roll of 11 (aged from four to nine), eight of whom were able to join the programme.

The final session of the programme looked at how money moves in a local community economy, appropriate for a village school with a warm, welcoming family feel at the heart of its community.

The programme culminated with the presentation of a certificate of completion to each of the children.

The programme was led by Alan Butland, a local businessman and member of the Young Enterprise North East Area Volunteer Board.

Alan is a director of Promise Development Ltd, a company specialising in the management of change and working with organisations to improve creative thinking and team working.

Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading enterprise education charity.

It aims to build a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to succeed through enterprise.

For more information, visit www.young-enterprise.org.uk

The charity is also interested in people who were involved in a Young Enterprise company when they were at school, college or university.

Get in touch by joining their alumni at www.young-enter prise.org.uk/alumni