Team Academy (Tiimiakatemia) is an innovative approach to education founded in Finland with the belief that when real world practical actions are paired with gaining academic knowledge, learning is more likely to stick. Students who are selected to participate in Team Academy work in teams to create their own businesses to support social projects and link into each curriculum area to develop their ideas and run their business.
“To enable team learning, we will inspire young people to create more human-centered initiatives, managing self-discovery through entrepreneurial involvement”
Slogan for Teampreneurs
An energetic pace in an innovative space
Team Academy Leader
Claire Webster, Team Academy Lead and Director of Entrepreneurial Development BACA, is part of a UK Team embedding the Tiimiakatemia philosophy and techniques. Claire coaches at BACA while continuing to work in collaboration and with the support of her UK Team colleagues at the Aldridge Foundation, Northumbria University and West of England University & Falmouth University.
Claire was proud to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Education in Sussex (STAR) Award at The Argus Youth in Action Awards 2015 for her success in leading this innovative programme.
2014-2015 Team Academy pilot
During the 2014-2015 academic year two pilot groups were established; one in year 7 and one in year 8. Each group, consisting of a class of 20-28 students, was randomly selected to participate in the pilot. Sub-teams developed from these groups as the students developed their own businesses and contributed to social projects.
These students were the first 'Teampreneurs' in KS3 secondary education to pioneer Team Academy in the UK.
2015-2016 Sixth Form expansion
For the 2015-2016 academic year, businesses established the previous year are continuing to develop and Team Academy is being rolled out across BACA’s entire sixth form.
In the sixth form, Team Academy is the foundation for the provision for teaching, learning, entrepreneurial resource and professional engagement. All sixth form students are involved in structured coaching and mentoring sessions.
Students work in teams to create businesses that generate income. Social entrepreneurism is delivered through the business teams supporting a charity of their choice. Students build relationships and work alongside charity partners through seeking out ventures for fundraising activities.