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Danetree welcomes the BizSchool

They even had to approach a Dragon’s Den-style board to ask for a loan as part of the BizSchool event at the Ewell school.
The nine and 10-year-olds were inspired by two Surrey business bosses who joined them for the sessions on different aspects of starting on the road to success.
 “We are delighted that this year’s sponsors are both highly experienced in building their own successful businesses, as they will be able to ask questions that really make the children think about how their business would function and thrive,” said Rob Hopkins, Assistant Head Teacher and Leader of Learning.
This year’s course is sponsored by Caroline Coskry of Oracle Group, a property marketing and communications agency in Epsom and Nick Sadler of motive8, a wellbeing and fitness solutions company.
During the 15-hour programme, the pupils will learn a range of skills through team activities leading to a challenge of pitching to the board for a £250 start-up loan from the ‘Business Bears’.
“We hope that meeting and hearing Nick and Caroline’s experiences will also inspire them to give the final stage of the programme everything they can to succeed,” said Mr Hopkins.
Each presentation and business plan will be assessed and the students must answer questions from the panel.  The strongest idea will be selected and all the pupils will go into business together for an agreed period. The students will learn how to pay back the loan and split the profits between the school and themselves.
“I am proud to be able to pass on some of my knowledge during this year’s BizSchool programme and I also can’t wait to hear the innovative presentations from all of the pupils at Danetree Primary school,” said Caroline, who started her company in 2011 and is group managing director of Oracle, a property marketing communications agency, which s now 21-strong
“Being a self-starter, I feel that initiative’s like BizSchool are a brilliant way of teaching children how to apply the things they learn in school to real life experiences, while also creating ambitious goals for their futures,” added Nick, the founding director of the company with centres in Middlesex and Leeds.