AN ambitious Hartlepool school has launched a business package which it hopes to sell across the country.
Staff at Catcote School, Business and Enterprise College have amassed decades of teaching children about the world of enterprise.
They have put all their expertise together and turned it into a colourful and informative package which other special schools, primary schools and teachers can now buy.
An official launch of the new product called BeeSpoke Enterprises was held yesterday.
Three schools have already bought the £75 package and Catcote officials are confident of more. They are hoping it will become at least a regional if not a nationwide success.
One job has already been created for an apprentice to handle the administration of the scheme.
Headteacher Alan Chapman said: “This is a product which has come about after years of business development as part of the curriculum. It has been designed to use the materials that we work with in school and which has been designed to fit in with a special school curriculum.
“But it is a package which can be used by mainstream primary schools as well.”
Catcote staff have teamed up with Hartlepool company Xivvi to create BeeSpoke Enterprises.
Xivvi boss Pam Hargreaves said: “It is a pleasure to be involved with. When you come to this school, you are always inspired, loved and challenged at the same time. It is such a friendly place to be.
“This is definitely a unique product for any special school.”
The BeeSpoke Enterprises pack is a box containing four different challenges for schools to set their children and to test their skills in areas such as creativity, enterprise and teamwork.
Catcote celebrated the scheme’s launch by getting teams of children to try out one of the packs - to make a paper bag capable of holding six bottles of water. It encourages skills such as problem solving, listening to others and teamwork.
The pack also includes stickers, flashcards and a CD with certificates on. Buyers can purchase all or part of the pack - and come back to buy replacements when they run out.
Xivvi worked closely with Catcote officials including Alison Brown, the director of specialism, and Barry Currell, a teacher at the school, to create BeeSpoke Enterprises.
Mrs Brown said: “It is really exciting. I want to make my mark on education and to pass my experience on to other students, other staff, so that we can almost leave a legacy.”