CHILDREN are being given a taste of the world of commerce by running their own tuck shop.
Laygate School, in South Shields, has teamed up with healthy snack provider Fruit To Suit, to launch its own business.
Year 4 pupils have set up Snacks 4 You as a social enterprise, which means they won’t turn out a profit.
But they had to apply for roles ranging from merchandising to marketing, and were even interviewed for the posts.
Teacher Samantha Cowper said: “The children love being involved in this sort of learning.
“It covers numeracy, English, design and technology, plus a range of life skills, such as teamwork, having responsibility, financial management and citizenship.”
The youngsters were trained by Lisa Smith, from South Shields, who runs the Fruit to Suit franchise in Tyne and Wear. They then held a launch assembly, where they danced into the hall in their nightwear to Bananas in Pyjamas and explained how the tuck shop was going to work.
Mrs Smith, who works with five other primary schools in the borough, said: “They are really enthusiastic – really up for it.
“They worked really hard when they did their training, and I think it will be a success.”
She said: “They are launching themselves as a social enterprise, so they are doing it a bit differently to all my other schools.
“They are doing it as a not-for-profit project because they are trying to encourage more children in the school to eat healthy snacks and to have more of their five-a-day.”
The tuck shop will be open at break-time three days a week for junior pupils initially.
It is hoped the Year 4 pupils will continue to run the tuck shop when they move into Year 5 and train the next cohort of Year 5 pupils when the time comes to hand over their uniforms.
Headteacher Paul Rafferty said: “At Laygate, we prepare our children for life.
“We encourage them to have life-skills and create opportunities for these to develop.
“We all work hard to make sure our children achieve their potential. and this project ensures each child makes progress and is successful.”
Fruit To Suit is a social enterprise company delivering business and enterprise programmes to schools nationwide.
The aim is to encourage and develop entrepreneurial skills by establishing and operating a sustainable healthy tuck shop business.