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  • Dunoon Grammar School took part in this years Tenner Challenge
  • The school really enjoyed using the revamped resources
  • Their teacher believes the Tenner Challenge is a great stepping stone to the Company Programme

We had some brilliant news last week, where we found out that Dunoon Grammar School had scooped one of the Weekly Tenner Challenge prizes, beating the other 26,000 young people participating across the UK.

The winning team from Dunoon Grammar SchoolThe winning team from Dunoon Grammar School@DunoonGrammar1

Shore Designs from the school have snagged first place in the fourth of the weekly competitions and came out top in the Pop Up Shop award. The team submitted their entry as part of the schools' Market Place event.


Dunoon Grammar School is taking part in the Tenner Challenge for the third year running and according to one of the teachers organising the programme, Colin Spark, it's been the best year for it:

This year we're really pushing idea generation and encouraging them to make something that wee bit different, so we've had some really creative ideas such as decorated photo frames, photo booths, creating homewares with slate and bottles with light-up corks - so there's been a definite increase in 'crafty' ideas rather than the buy-and-sell type products we've seen in the past.

Due to the new website design, information is much easier to find and the information itself is actually much clearer.

Colin Spark, teacher at Dunoon Grammar School

Unusually, Dunoon Grammar School dedicate an entire year group to taking part in the challenge.


We had 54 teams from S3 taking part in Tenner this year, we run it across an entire year group to get them all engaged. They decide themselves whether to trade on their own or work together in groups. We always have high pupil engagement with the Tenner Challenge, and the feedback this year has been brilliant. It really works to support and interest some of the more disengaged pupils who aren't really that interested in school.

Colin Spark, teacher at Dunoon Grammar School

Other year groups within the school assist the young entrepreneurs with helping to set up and get the Market Place underway, they then have the opportunity to peruse the various businesses.

Many of the budding entrepreneurs from Dunoon Grammar School are planning on donating their profits to causes close to them such as the charities linked to their YPI work, last year, one of the teams made a £900 profit from running a tuck shop - so the potential is there!


Using the Tenner Challenge across an entire year group means that it can be used as a stepping stone into the Company Programme, Colin said that having the opportunity to see all of the young people in action means that it helps to identify the young people who would be most likely to benefit from taking part in our flagship programme in their Senior phase.

Next year Colin hopes to expand the trade fare event and run it over a full day in order to open it up to the public.

At YE Scotland we are always delighted to see a Scottish Schools taking part in the Tenner Programme. We were thrilled to hear that not only had Dunoon Grammar and 'Shore Designs' taken part – but successfully won the Week 4 Pop up Shop competition! This is down to the hard work of the students and dedicated teacher who have really illustrated a flair for enterprise and learning.

The Tenner Challenge represents a safe environment for young people to experience the complete process of setting up and running their own enterprise; from creating a product, designing a company logo, working as a team, and managing a budget to trading with the public. Through learning-by-doing, the Tenner Challenge offers a platform for young people to build and develop key employability skills. Tenner also encourages social action as many students set up projects with, all or part of, the proceeds donated to local communities, schools or charities.

Mark Armstrong, Schools Programme Manager

Fancy trying the Tenner Challenge when it comes around next year? Get in touch and we can give you more info.

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