Workshop overview

What happens: The Eden Project is a unique organisation; social enterprise, educational charity, tourism destination, exemplar of regeneration.  This session sets Eden in the Cornish context and explores the project’s focus on sustainability, introducing the concept of the Triple Bottom Line and our function as a social enterprise. The session provides practical examples and real world contexts to ground your students’ learning. Within this overview we can explore an aspect of Eden’s work in more detail looking at one of:

  • customer service
  • how we work with our suppliers
  • developing and retaining a successful workforce
  • social and ethical aspects of business
  • business communication - Eden case studies
  • understanding retail at Eden

This classroom-based session links strongly with Business and Travel & Tourism A level syllabuses. We encourage the students to ask questions and build a running dialogue with us throughout the interative session. After this there is an optional activity linked to the content that the students can complete in our Biomes. 

Location: This takes place in a workshop room inside our purpose built education centre, with an optional follow-up activity in the Biomes.

Skills and curriculum links

This workshop enables students to:

  • investigate the Eden Project as an example of a social enterprise
  • consider social, environmental and ethical factors in business
  • gather practical examples of current practice in workforce development or customer service or working with suppliers

We've designed the workshop to complement the following syllabuses:

  • AQA Business Unit 2: Managing a Business
  • AQA Business Unit 4: Assessing Changes in the Business Environment
  • OCR Applied Tourism AS Unit G721: Customer service in travel and tourism
  • OCR Applied Business AS Unit F243: The impact of customer service
It also offers content aimed extending students thinking beyond the specifications.

Practical information

The workshop costs £11.00 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £121 per group (includes VAT). Group size is flexible. The cost includes:

  • a facilitated 1-hour session with our Education Team plus reference material to take away
  • task linked to the taught session to stimulate students’ thinking when they’re out and about on site (optional)
  • free access to the whole Eden site for the day
  • if required, a base for your bags in our purpose-built education centre, The Core
  • free entry for accompanying adults (1 free adult to every 20 students)
  • a free preparatory visit to Eden for teachers wanting to plan their school trip, which should be booked in advance