School grooms brains of business

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BUSINESS leaders have joined forces with Bulwell Academy to give students an insight into the world of work — and boost their coursework.

The aptly-named ‘Mind Your Own Business’ initiative is specially tailored for business-studies pupils.

It was originally designed to be an after-school homework club but has blossomed into a business-studies support group at the school, off Hucknall Lane.

Staff from Yorkshire Bank and the law firm Eversheds are already active at the academy, through a Business In The Community scheme. They will play a key role in the new initiative.

During the first half of the after-school sessions, students take part in a series of team-building exercises designed to enhance their leadership and communication skills. The second half focuses solely on their business-studies coursework.

With support from the business leaders, students are encouraged to mentor each other to help those who need it and to reinforce their own learning and develop leadership capabilities. Students are also urged to set their own goals and targets.

The academy’s lead teacher of business studies, Dennis Simms, said: “We promote a learning-by-doing ethos and the ‘Mind Your Own Business’ project is 100% committed to this philosophy.

“By giving students the opportunity to tap into the knowledge of local business people and by taking up the chance to mentor one another, they are gaining experience which cannot be learned from a book.”

The academy specialises in business studies and vocational courses.

Sean Kane, Business In The Community education manager, said: “It is really encouraging to see the academy putting business and enterprise at the heart of everything it does.

“Business skills are something which are gathered over many years of experience and it is important, now more than ever, that these skills are passed on to the next generation of business people.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Mr Simms helping academy students Kira Hallam (left) and Chloe Hibbett with their coursework.