Monday 9th of March 2015 will go down in enterprise education history as the day CBBC were forced to take down a children's quiz portraying entrepreneurs as cheating, sneaky and, above all, immoral people. Entitled "Are you an Entrepreneur?" the quiz naturally attracted the attention of Clever Tykes co-founder Ben Cook during his weekly quiz revision (searching for the Newsround 'quiz of the week!'). Clever Tykes posted the quiz to Facebook on Friday 6th of March and you can see our original post here. After the post was seen by a number of enterprise educators, it wasn't long before a Twitter storm ensued with a number of prominent business figures wading into the bog of war on Monday 9th. Within 24 hours, the CBBC entrepreneur quiz had been taken down and a statement was issued by the BBC. But why such the backlash and what did the BBC have to say for themselves? Co-founder Ben Cook explains...
Proactive teachers are always on the hunt of the best resources to share with their pupils. With a lot of hype surround enterprise education, particularly at a primary level, and with few tried and tested resources available, it can be a difficult task to find the best. Naturally, we think Clever Tykes produces the best enterprise resources for primary schools! But what is it that makes them good? If you already have the Clever Tykes books and resources or if you're looking for more ways of inspiring and empowering students, what should you be looking out for in other enterprise resources?
Opening a bank account for a child is an important milestone in growing up and is a great step in learning more about how the world works. Understanding exactly why you want you child to have a bank account is very important as to make sure you're not simply opening one because little Jimmy across the road now has one! Choosing to open an account for your child, whether it's mainly for saving money, earning and spending or so they can have their own debit card, should be just that - a conscious choice because it is a significant step.
Clever Tykes fought its way through a crowd of 1000 other entrants to make it to the Pitch final 2014 where only 20 fully trading companies remained. The Pitch 2014 involved a bootcamp phase for the first time and Ben had pitched against 49 other business in the London heat to make it to the grand final. The final posed a fresh challenge after only having to complete 90 second pitches at the bootcamps, contestants had 3 minutes to deliver their pitches along with the optional use of props and slides. The panel of four judges also had the opportunity to ask questions to each of them. The Pitch 2014 The final of the Pitch 2014 was held at the event's birthplace in Bristol where contestants had travelled the length and breadth of the UK including businesses from Edinburgh, Newquay, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Bristol itself.
Clever Tykes is incredibly passionate about enterprise education and has carried out extensive research to determine exactly what enterprise in primary schools looks like in today's society. Why is it that, even though enterprise is not statutory at the primary level, some schools regard it as an incredibly important part of their curriculum? Given that there is no requirement of primary school to adopt enterprise, it's understandable that the quality and quantity of primary enterprise education varies massively from school to school and between local education authorities. The common theme in schools with a good standard of enterprise education is a proactive and forward-thinking headteacher. Headteachers have the power to adopt and implement enterprise if they are passionate about developing certain skills and attitudes in their pupils - the old adage, where there' a will; there's a way rings true.

Social mobility or, rather, social immobility is a prevalent issue in many societies and the UK is no exception. There are many viewpoints on exactly what causes social immobility and even more on exactly how it should be tackled. The ability to be enterprising and...

We all love Christmas, there's no hiding it. The time of year when nothing else seems to matter and all is right with the world. Wouldn't it be great to have all the positives of Christmas without all the hassle that comes before it? We can only dream! But we're confident we've got something that will help you out just that little bit at Christmas time - the perfect gift for children ages 6-9. So, if you're looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your kids or some you know, consider the gift of success! (I know that's really cheesy, but that's what Christmas is all about, right?)
We all want the best for our kids. In this fast-paced society, the next generation needs to grow up with the skills and mindset required to be successful, whatever life throws at them. Understanding businesses and how they work is a great starting point so looking for children's books about business is a very wise move. We're often asked if, in simple terms, the Clever Tykes stories are 'business books for kids'. Whilst this description provides a reasonable idea about the series, it ultimately sells the concept rather short. 'Business books for kids' implies quite a clinical approach to teaching children about 'business', which all too often is confused with profiteering. Here at Clever Tykes, we're very conscious that being enterprising is not about learning the mechanics and technicalities of starting a business and turning a profit. Being enterprising relates far more to attitude and characteristics, especially when we're growing up and in no real danger of setting up an actual business.
Enterprise education in not on the primary curriculum in the UK. This is why so many primary schools are choosing to adopt after school enterprise clubs to offer the opportunity for some students to learn important skills. After school clubs are a great way of helping children learn in an environment which is supervised but more relaxed than a formal classroom environment and serve a number of purposes for parents and the school. So why should schools adopt an after school enterprise club?