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Be a business owner session

In this resource from the Construction Youth Trust, students are asked to work with percentage and decimal calculations when exploring the financial accounts of a small business. The materials have been written to help a non-teaching STEM professional to work with students in an educational setting.

The resources comes with a collection of ten student hand outs and comprehensive teacher notes that include a lesson plan with timings, prompts and questions as well as a to-do list for both before and after the session. 

The session aims for students to learn about what it means to be self-employed, and how business owners keep on top of their finances pay tax. The main activity sees students sift through a mock business’ financial documents, including receipts, invoices and bank statements, to work out how much money has made during the course of a financial year. Students will find out the difference between terms such as ‘gross profit’ and ‘net profit’ by making tax and salary calculations, using the company’s takings, through the example of a new painting and decorating business.

The materials were written to help schools address Gatsby Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and industry employees and Gatsby Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers.


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