Pushing boundaries

“This is the aspect of the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge I enjoy the most; seeing the students push their boundaries and attempt something really new to them.”

Rebecca Clarke, William Stanier School

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, which is a KS3 & KS4 programme has attracted over 450 schools and 200,000 students since its first challenge was launched back in 2013. Key Challenge sponsor, Theo Paphitis, entrepreneur and retail magnate and well known for his appearances on Dragon’s Den said, “some of the best pitches I have ever seen on The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge over the years have been even better than the ones I saw in the den.”


Exciting, fun and relatable

As well as promoting the spirit of entrepreneurialism and transferrable skills, taking part in The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge can enable schools to meet some of the Gatsby benchmarks; giving students the opportunity to meet staff from local employers such as Ryman, as well as developing key skills that are valued in the workplace and will prepare them for life in modern Britain, which is a key focus of the government’s careers strategy.

Taking place over the course of a day it is open to full year groups and split into two categories; KS3 and KS4. Working in teams of six, the students work on fun and engaging real life business challenges set each year by businesses supporting the challenge.  This year’s challenge will see the finals take place at Wembley Stadium in July 2019.

Stella Neal, Head of Business, Enterprise Centre Lead, said, “when I briefed the organisers, I told them that I didn’t want 6 winners and 130 losers on the challenge day. Every child had to come out with something. And they did. They had a fair chance to compete; reluctant students were skilfully engaged; they enjoyed the variety of activities and they all achieved something”.

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