Enterprising pupils set up stall at special Asian marketplace event

A group of Leeds pupils will be selling their own produce at a one-off marketplace event on Wednesday.

As part of a project run by Leeds City Council’s equalities and entitlements team, called ‘The Marketplace’, pupils from 11 Leeds schools will be setting up stall at Leeds Kirkgate Market to sell products they have created themselves.

Media opportunity:

When: Wednesday 3 July at 10am to 11.30am

Where: Kirkgate Market (outdoor stalls) Leeds

Members of the media are invited to attend the marketplace event where pupils will be selling their own products. Board members from the Yorkshire Asian Business Association and the Lord Mayor of Leeds will also be in attendance. Filming, photography and interview opportunities will be available.

The aim of The Marketplace project is to raise attainment of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage pupils in Leeds Primary schools.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:

“This project is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to learn about becoming future entrepreneurs by developing their own business ideas and putting it in to practice, whilst learning about their own heritage at the same time.

“It is fantastic that the Yorkshire Asian Business Association are able to attend the marketplace event to give their support and inspiration to the pupils. The young people will surely learn a lot from these positive role models and help them become future successful business leaders themselves.”

Using Leeds Kirkgate Market as a source of inspiration, the teachers in 11 schools in Leeds (Bankside, Bracken Edge, Brudenell, Carr Manor, Harehills, Hillcrest, Hovingham, Iveson, Park view Academy, Moor Allerton Hall and Rosebank) planned an exciting topic where pupils researched the history of the ancient Silk Route, which saw the beginnings of global trade across the world. This inspired them to explore and develop their own enterprise venture in each school.

Pupils were invited to research and make a product for sale at a school-based enterprise event which was attended by parents and members of the wider community. Local business people were invited to judge the best team overall.

To celebrate the success of this innovative curriculum topic and to provide the pupils with the opportunity to show their achievements to a wider audience, a group of pupils from each school will be selling their products at an enterprise event at Kirkgate outdoor market. The pupils will also have the opportunity show their products and demonstrate what they have learnt to board members from Yorkshire Asian Business Association(YABA) and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray, who will also be attending the Marketplace event.

As part of the project curriculum enrichment opportunities were provided by Leeds City Council’s Museums and Galleries, as well as Artemis, Khadijah Ibrahim, renowned Leeds author and a trip to Kirkgate market where over 700 pupils had lots of opportunities to develop real mathematical skills.

The topic was a resounding success leading to improved attainment for the majority of pupils as well as increased attendance and greater engagement of families and the wider community in school life and pupil’s learning.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk