School goes to the top of the business class

Alsion Wilkinson presents the Young Enterprise Centre of Excellence award to Belasy First School pupils including Euan Legg and Isabella Aitchison.

Alsion Wilkinson presents the Young Enterprise Centre of Excellence award to Belasy First School pupils including Euan Legg and Isabella Aitchison.

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A NORTHUMBERLAND school’s commitment to developing young business brains has been recognised with a national accolade.

Young Enterprise’s Centre of Excellence Award has been given to Belsay First School for its efforts to prepare pupils as future employees and develop the skills that companies want.

The school has been involved with the charity for more than seven years. Through the programme, people from a range of industries volunteer to speak to and work with children from all year groups about forming and developing businesses as well as how they link with society and are grouped together in urban areas.

Headteacher Christine Corbett said: “This programme really broadens our pupils’ knowledge about the business world and how settlements grow and change.

“The people who come into school get our children to do business-related tasks and pupils also make their own city, which gets them thinking about the many different types of businesses there are and other things such as transport networks.

“We are over the moon with the award and the pupils decided to put the plaque next to the school entrance so visitors can see it.

“In the beginning we had to recruit parents to help deliver the programme, but word got around and now we have a waiting list.

“The people involved have to go through rigorous training before they can come into schools, which enables them to know exactly what they want the children to get out of each session, and the programme is always being modernised to ensure the same one isn’t churned out every year.”

The school will now also feature in Young Enterprise case studies and a representative will be invited to act as an educational ambassador to promote the benefits of partnering with the charity at business and educational events.