Schools & Educators


Introduction to Enterprise and Business for Children
&
Recommended Classroom Structure

A ‘one-stop’ product designed to introduce and inspire enterprise and entrepreneurship in primary school children between 6 and 11 years old.

Boss Box teaches children early learning skills for future business success.

We all remember the little businesses we had when we were young.
The ability to listen, understand, and make corresponding plans are core empathetic life skills. Developing these foundations early gives children a fuller understanding of how to make the best of the world around them.

We believe teaching children basic ‘off-syllabus’ skills at a young age, provides creativity, a deeper-insight, and a passion to constantly improve their abilities throughout their lives.

Our ‘Enterprise and Business’ initiative is bright and fun; designed to help young children manage themselves, their situation and the people around them; key entrepreneurial and life skills.

Historically, these concepts have been presented in a boring, inaccessible manner. Boss Box shows them in a bright, artistic, and creative way, that brings them to life.


The Boss Box product contains everything needed to start a business in a few hours.


1.  ‘Manual’ - a clear step-by-step guide to the process.


2.  Make’ - all cook/hobbicraft product ingredients.


3.  Pricing & Package’ - everything needed for pricing and packaging products.


4. ‘Sell’  - complete set of marketing material (encouraging customer, friends and family to support young entrepreneurs).


A selection of three business boxes for boys and girls to choose between



UK Year 2  - high level of adult support to complete the box. (6-7 yr old)

UK Year 3 & 4 - moderate level of adult support to complete the box. (7-8/8-9yr old)

UK Year 5 & 6 - low level of adult support to complete the box.  (9-10/10-11yr old)




Recommended Classroom Structure

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Part 1
Classroom based
Introduction
Time: 50 – 90 mins
For all ages we recommend the concept of business, enterprise and Boss Box be introduced in class.
Presented through a teacher-class ‘read-through’ the Boss Box manual has been designed to inspire and motivate.
This tends to be very interactive as children unknowingly have a wide experience of products and business concepts.


The manual is laid out over a clear 4 Step Process.


Dependent on age level, the introduction of words and concepts such as ‘product’, ‘profit’, ‘marketing’ can be expanded accordingly.
Samples of discussion pages:
• How a product will be created with a ‘Step-by-Step’ guide



• Naming a company



• Discussing the concepts of ‘profit’ and ‘marketing’



• Some basic ‘profit’ calculations



• Introducing marketing material (included within each Boss Box) and how it can be used



• Roleplay examples of ‘How to Sell’



• Importance of data capture for repeat sales



• Concept of customer ‘aftercare’



Part 2
Home based
Make - Package - Sell
Time: 2-3 consecutive weeks (or half a term)
Depending on age, this stage involves differing levels of parent/guardian support. 
However, assistance is mandatory when hot materials/the oven is required, these stages are clearly marked.
We would suggest more than just one weekend for children to get the most out of the Boss Box business project.
 
We recommend 2-3 consecutive weekends/evenings, giving children more time to consider their little business and importantly allows for more parent/guardian availability.
 
We suggest a note to parents be placed within the Boss Box.
Broadly along the lines of:
 

Year 5 Parents
Introduction to Enterprise and Business
 
The ability to listen, understand, and make corresponding plans are core empathetic life skills. Developing these foundations early gives children a fuller understanding of how to make the best of the world around them.
We believe teaching children basic ‘off-syllabus’ skills at a young age, provides creativity, a deeper-insight and passion to improve their abilities throughout their lives.
 
Our ‘Introduction to Enterprise and Business’ initiative is bright and fun, and designed to help children manage themselves, the situation and people around them from a young age; key entrepreneurial and life skills. 

Historically these concepts have been presented in a boring, inaccessible manner, Boss Box shows them in a bright, artistic, and creative way, that brings them to life.
 
Children must save:
• One sample of their 'made' and 'packaged' product.
• Their manual to remind them of the process having filled in their company name and prompted notes inside.

Please encourage them to:
• Fill in the Data Capture pages about their customers in the manual.
• Individualise their packaging or their sales method, this will help them ‘Review and Present’ their work in class.

We have set a xxx week coursework period, to be complete on xxx date.



Part 3
Classroom based
Review and Present
Time: 50 – 90 mins
This gives pupils the opportunity to review and present their work via basic, prompted, questions:

• Have they ever helped out selling at a fair or market before?
• What was their company name?
• How did they find ‘making’ their products, what was easy, what was difficult?
• How did they find ‘packaging’ their products, what was easy, what was difficult?
• How did they find ‘selling’ their products, what was easy, what was difficult?
• Were people interested in their products? If so, why?
• Did they improve in talking to people about their products, what was easy, what was difficult?
• Did they manage to sell some products? How much profit did they make?
• Did they have to alter the price to make that happen?
• Did they take complete Data Capture for repeat customers?
• Did they enjoy starting their own company and what was the best bit?