On Thursday 13th February, six SEN schools from the Doncaster area competed in the first Doncaster Enterprise Challenge finals event.

The challenge was created especially for students with SEN and was delivered to targeted learners from each of the six schools.  Pupils were tasked with creating a new product range and mascot for Ryman.  They considered the different elements of the mascot and new products, from design to marketing and even created an advert for their idea.  In the afternoon of the sessions, the pupils pitched their ideas to their fellow pupils.   All participating teams then received mentoring from local business woman, Queens Young Leader and winner of the BBC’s Young Apprentice, Ashleigh Porter-Exley.

All participating teams were represented at the Finals event where they had the opportunity to meet local business people and showcase their ideas, before the overall winners were selected by the panel of judges – Mike Dyer (co-founder of The Inspirational Learning Group,), Rebecca Clarke (Head of Education and Programmes at The Inspirational Learning Group) and Saul Farrell (Programme Manager – Social Mobility Opportunity Area).

Best Presentation – “Team Olly” from Doncaster School for the Deaf

Best Idea – Stone Hill School

Best Trade Stand – Coppice School

We had high hopes for this challenge and finals event, but we were blown away by not only the standard of work on the challenge days but the ongoing commitment shown by all of the pupils and teachers that were in attendance at the finals on Thursday.  This project has enabled students to develop the core skills required for the world of work including teamwork and communication, whilst raising aspirations and showing the students what they can achieve.

Congratulations to the 6 schools who took part in this challenge, Coppice School, Heatherwood School, Stone Hill School, Northridge Community School, Pennine View School, Doncaster School for the Deaf.