Year 7

careers education and work related learning 


As a first introduction to the world of work students take part in ‘The Soap Challenge’ which provides them with a great insight into running a small business.  During the ‘Dragons’ Den’ like challenge, students work in small teams to complete a range of tasks including allocating job roles and responsibilities, deciding on a corporate name and choosing a target audience for their product. 

With their target audience in mind they select the essential oils and other ingredients required to make their unique hand crafted natural soap, they calculate the cost of producing their soap, set their retail price and profit margin.  Other tasks include designing their corporate logo, developing a realistic sales and marketing strategy, designing a sales leaflet/poster and creating a 5 minute presentation to promote their enterprise and product. The 30 teams then pitch their ideas to their peers and members of the Leadership Team and the 4 winning teams each have a batch of soap made to their own specifications which are then sold to parents and students.