How the Tenner Challenge supports the Curriculum

Tenner supports schools in providing learning opportunities that develop young people’s competencies and skills which underpin success in future education and employment pathways such as: Confidence, Resilience and Problem solving.

Participation in Tenner can support programmes of study requirements for a broad range of subjects including English and mathematics.

Schools in England are required under the National Curriculum to promote a curriculum that is broadly balanced and meets the needs of all pupils. This includes: offering a planned programme of careers guidance to prepare young people for life in society by developing the values, skills and behaviours they need to succeed. Tenner contributes to this in several ways:

  • Promotes employability skills so that students are well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment (including self-employment) or training, in support of Ofsted requirements regarding careers education.
  • Presents a platform for students to develop entrepreneurial skills and opens young people up to the possibility that self-employment is a viable option.
  • Provides an opportunity for young people to become active citizens by giving back to their school and community through their Tenner activities and in choosing how to use their profits.
  • Supports PSHE education by providing an opportunity for students to make informed decisions, be enterprising and be ambitious.
  • Enhances the statutory financial education element of the Citizenship programme of study e.g. the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk.

In Wales, secondary schools are required to provide opportunities to learn about enterprise, wealth creation, employability, and the world of work. Also, schools should aim to prepare young people for life beyond education by developing the values, skills and behaviours they need to succeed in life. Tenner contributes to this in several key ways such as, supporting pupils in meeting the Enterprise and Employability Challenge element of the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Tenner also contributes to some of the learning outcomes identified in the Careers and World of Work framework: by offering a taster of what it is like to be an entrepreneur and also, providing students with an opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills that will support their transition to employment or self-employment.

How Tenner Supports Programmes of Study

Key Stage
English programme of study requirements

Key Stage Three (KS3)


  • summarising and organising material, and supporting ideas and arguments with any necessary factual detail
  • considering how their writing reflects the audiences and purposes for which it was intended
  • writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences

Spoken English

  • giving short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point

Key Stage Four (KS4)


  • make notes, draft and write, including using information provided by others (e.g. writing a letter from key points provided; drawing on and using information from a presentation)

Spoken English

speak confidently, audibly and effectively, including through:

  • working effectively in groups of different sizes and taking on required roles, including leading and managing discussions, involving others productively, reviewing and summarising, and contributing to meeting goals/deadlines
  • listening to and building on the contributions of others, asking questions to clarify and inform, and challenging courteously when necessary
  • planning for different purposes and audiences, including selecting and organising information and ideas effectively and persuasively for formal spoken presentations and debates
Key Stage
Mathematics programme of study requirements

Key Stage Three (KS3)

Solve problems

  • develop their use of formal mathematical knowledge to interpret and solve problems, including in financial mathematics


  • use standard units of mass, length, time, money and other measures, including with decimal quantities
  • round numbers and measures to an appropriate degree of accuracy (for example, to a number of decimal places or significant figures)

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

  • solve problems involving percentage change, including: percentage increase, decrease and original value problems and simple interest in financial mathematics
  • set up, solve and interpret the answers in growth and decay problems, including compound interest