SEP Timetable for Secondary Schools

Timetable for the Student Enterprise Awards

The timetable below shows roughly how the programme of work for the Student Enterprise Programme fits into the academic school-year.

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  • School registers with the programme through their Local Enterprise Office.
  • School is invited to attend an Idea Generation Session 
  • Class divides into business groups of no more than 5 per group.
  • Class is normally visited by a Programme Co-Ordinator to brainstorm business ideas and help each group arrive at a viable idea.
  • Each group starts to plan how they are going to make and sell their product or service.
  • Groups start producing their product/service.
  • Individuals within the group are often given responsibility for different aspects of the project, e.g. a marketing or production manager.
  • Groups start to market/sell their product.
  • A record of all the group activities is kept in the form of a business plan. Business Plan templates are normally available from your programme co-ordinator.
  • Groups complete the sales process and finalise their business plan for the school final.
  • School final is held where groups are judged on teamwork, business performance, quality of business plan and quality of display on day of final.
  • School winners are selected to represent the school at the County/City final.
  • Student Enterprise County finals take place and one overall winner in each category is chosen to present the region at the National Final.
  • The judging criteria is the same as at the schools final.
  • The deadline for receipt of reports of County/City winning entrants.
  • The National Final will takes place.