A Barrow primary school has received an award.

Newbarns Primary and Nursery School won the Bright Stars 2020 ‘best business for good’ award.

In addition to this, Ulverston’s Victoria Academy picked up the ‘best application of technology’ award at the virtual celebration.

Business-smart primary schoolchildren from across Cumbria took part in the Covid-safe virtual celebration of their achievements in the Bright Stars 2020 competition.

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Bright Stars is organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance.

Schoolchildren were asked to develop money-making ideas with their business partner companies.

Prizes of £150 and certificates were awarded to each winner of the ten categories.

CfLP Executive Director Sarah Glass said after the celebration: “The children raised thousands of pounds with their business ideas in 2020 and their hard work, enthusiasm, and innovation was truly inspiring.

“Every school performed fantastically well and we were all determined that their achievements should be celebrated despite the Covid restrictions.

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“Children, teachers and business representatives were able to share their success, and also express their enthusiasm to take part in the next Bright Stars challenge from January to March 2021.”

The focus of the programme has now shifted from making a profit to making a difference, with children campaigning on local, national or international issues.

Almost 30 schools are set to take part in the 2021 programme, with sponsorship from BAE Systems enabling more companies within their supply chain to get involved in 2021.

Bright Stars is currently in its ninth year.

Its eight-week programme is designed to introduce Cumbrian primary schoolchildren to leadership, entrepreneurship and teamwork.

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Building on this, it is hoped that the participating children will be excited about the world of business in a fun, accessible way.

CfLP believe their programme has delivered huge benefits for the children.

They have stated that it enables schoolchildren to learn about key business principles including innovation, budgeting and delivering to deadlines.

To learn more about the programme visit https://www.cforlp.org.uk/events-bright-stars.html