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Give Yourself the Edge

Give Yourself the Edge (formerly known as Business in Classrooms) is a programme based on the best practice that Edge saw in Nashville, Tennessee. At age 14, young people join a career academy that gives them and their teachers close contact with employers in a particular industry.

Find out more about our study visit to Nashville here.

In 2015-16, Edge worked with practitioners in Nottingham to pilot the Give Yourself the Edge model. This was led by Bulwell Academy, together with Djanogly City Academy, Farnborough Academy and the Nottingham Academy. They worked in partnership with British Gypsum, Capital One, Lloyds Banking Group and Nottingham City Homes.

Each school was given the opportunity for four or more teacher externship placements within a large business. The externships gave teachers a unique insight into the running of the business and the range of jobs in the organisation.

Students in Year 8 then took part in a six-week programme to investigate the business from every angle, giving them a chance to understand how that company worked and the roles available. The pupils then had a chance to present to their schools and some were showcased at a celebration event hosted by the businesses involved.

Watch the video below to hear how the pilot programme worked from those who were involved.

Edge will be working with colleagues in Nottingham and other areas of the country to develop and spread this model over the coming year.