Hollywood film producers are coming to visit, scouting for the creative business minds of tomorrow. Looking to strike up a deal with a fresh new company, they arrive for the grand finale where all those competing will be showcasing their ideas.

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  • Devise a clever business strategy
  • Take charge of your own company
  • Haggle over materials
  • Create an eye-catching signature piece
  • Choregraph your show
  • Dramatise your pitch
  • Win the deal!

The pressure is on to get ready: students must meet deadlines, work to a tight budget and organise their team all whilst keeping their accounts in order. Innovation, creative flair, strict time management and good business sense will see the winners through!

Hollywood film producers are coming to visit, scouting for the creative business minds of tomorrow. Looking to strike up a deal with a fresh new company, they arrive for the grand finale where all those competing will be showcasing their ideas.

Loading...
  • Devise a clever business strategy
  • Take charge of your own company
  • Haggle over materials
  • Create an eye-catching signature piece
  • Choregraph your show
  • Dramatise your pitch
  • Win the deal!

The pressure is on to get ready: students must meet deadlines, work to a tight budget and organise their team all whilst keeping their accounts in order. Innovation, creative flair, strict time management and good business sense will see the winners through!

We all stay together in one big room for the whole day but students work in teams on their own individual projects.  However, it soon becomes clear that there are many advantages in liaising and trading with other competing teams, swapping resources or information. So in general the day is rich with communication and a fair bit of noise results so don’t book a room next to an exam!

After some icebreakers to outline a few essential tips for success, the main activity begins. We stagger the input and the task builds getting increasingly complex and challenging.

The day concludes with a competitive grande finale of presentations with music, drama, colourful costumes, powerful speeches, original ideas and all round entertainment.

Good time management demands more than just one skill. To complete a project well and meet a deadline, you first need to break it down and set yourself smaller goals. So whilst firing up your imagination and initiative to think of all the amazing things you could possibly do, you need to balance that with a sense of the limitations that will affect what is achievable within the time. Then you need to be able to pace yourself, keeping an overview of the whole project in mind so you can monitor your progress.

So to help students to gain a deeper understanding and conscious awareness of all this, we’ve cunningly devised a complex task which requires both creativity and advanced organisation. Faced with multiple tasks within a task, teams need to focus on strategy. They must assess the strengths they have amongst them, identify individual roles and delegate. The experience is one of collaborative responsibility and shows that independent learning certainly doesn’t mean just working on your own.

“A great way of bringing people together and bringing out your creative side.”
“A good day that built on leadership skills and brought the new students in and mixed them up to help them.”

Students from Clayesmore School
“Everyone could get involved and everyone added their own ideas.”
“The course was excellent and more people should do things like this.”

Students from Cheltenham Ladies College
“It was a great first day back at school”
“I found learning about marketing, business and having to delegate very interesting and challenging, yet FUN!”

Students from Battle Abbey School
“I really enjoyed the bartering and buying of materials. It was interesting to play on the strengths of your team.”
“I really enjoyed being director. It was exciting and different.”

Students from Downe House School
“It was just fantastic. I loved it! The best bit was seeing everyone’s amazing designs.”

Student from Oakham School
“There was a mix of loads of different skills – creative, communicative, practical and mental.”
“I enjoyed the trading and selling and then using the items to design and make the product as well as calculating profits, cost and income.”
“I liked making the costumes because we had limited resources, it was funny and we had to be creative.”
“I enjoyed being with people who, if I hadn’t done this course, I wouldn’t have had the joy of meeting and making friends with them.”
“It’s shown me the benefit of looking at people’s strengths and weaknesses and applying them to tasks.”
“Practical, exciting, challenging but exhausting!”

Students from Rydal Penrhos School
“I enjoyed seeing an idea become a reality throughout the course of the day, from deciding on a name to creating and presenting the product in a professional pitch.”
“Marketing our supplies was challenging because we had to compete with other teams and make sure we gave people the best deal before others beat us to it.”
“It has taught me about all the things you need to do when in a business.”
“It was very artistic, challenging and exciting. I enjoyed the whole day.”
“I now feel more confident in working with people that are a different age to me and also to be brave enough to share my ideas with them.”
“I enjoyed pitching our ideas as it gave us the opportunity to be really creative and showcase what we can do.”
“It was amazing and let me try new experiences and I gained a lot of confidence from presenting.”

Students from Theale Green School
“We were given more responsibility and allowed to break the boundaries and I liked that.”
“The course was great because it gave me more knowledge on how to use these skills such as presentation, communication, co-ordination and strategy.”
“It was extremely different to anything I’ve done before. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.”
“It was really fun and we should do more courses like this that are open for everyone to do because it shows the abilities in everyone not necessarily the best academically!”
“It was an interesting day and gave everyone something they were good at to do.”
“Very fun. It has really made me come out of my shell more, built up my abilities and made me think logically and carefully.”
“I love doing the Wiser Words courses and each time I have taken part in one of them, I feel like I have taken a new life skill away with me.”

Students from Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School

They say…

“Now I can definitely win arguments against my brother! It has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possible answers.”

Student from St Swithun’s School

“This was brilliant compared to all the other courses I’ve had in my 17 years. Truly inspirational, I have no higher praise.”

Student from Warlingham College

“It made me excited to challenge myself more. Very well managed and structured leading to a brilliant course.”

Student from Farmors School

“I was constantly motivated and recharged with varying discussions and tasks.”

Student from Gordons School

“Enriching, and I’m now more aware of the complexities of questions and the intellectual debate that could follow.”

Student from Eastbourne College

“I found this day exciting, exhilarating and full of new ideas and things for me to enjoy.”

Student from Merchant Taylors’ School

“The puzzles were thrilling to solve but also very clever and challenging.”

Student from Newbold Community School

“We got to do everything ourselves and think for ourselves without being spoonfed.”

Student from Sibford School

“I enjoyed getting up to lead. I really didn’t think I’d be able to do it but I felt really good when I did.”

Student from Pocklington School

“Amazing and a huge learning curve for me and the whole of my year group. It really developed my communicating skills.”

Students from Blackheath High School

“It was just fantastic. I loved it! The best bit was seeing everyone’s amazing designs.”

Student from Oakham School

“100% the best course I’ve ever been on. A great experience and I would love to do it again. Every activity was amazing.”

Student from John Fisher Community College

Advancing
education

We are specialists in education. The design of every course has a reason behind it relating to advanced teaching practice.
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Breaking
barriers

Students learn and focus best when they feel happy, accepted and comfortable. Breaking down social barriers will have a direct impact on their academic success.
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Our course
activities

We use a whole mix of techniques to draw out different skills and appeal to all learning styles
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