Radley and Raizcorp

A number of years ago, Allon Raiz (founder and CEO of top business incubator Raizcorp) recognised a serious deficiency in South African education, namely, an almost complete lack of exposure to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking within the school curriculum. With unemployment at an all-time high, Allon believes that South African children should learn about basic business concepts as early as possible so that they need not rely on traditional employment in the future.

After conducting his own research in the importance of early exposure to entrepreneurship, Allon engaged the services of academics in the field of education (including a double-PhD graduate from Oxford University) to assist him in integrating entrepreneurial principles into the CAPS curriculum. Together, they built out a practical framework for this new approach to education. The next step was to acquire the right school at which to introduce the new model and, at the end of 2015, Raizcorp purchased Radley Private School.

Raizcorp’s financial muscle has ensured that there is continued investment in the school with a strong emphasis on improvements to the infrastructure, operations, education system and the quality of our teachers.

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Additional benefits

As part of the wider Raizcorp family, parents who enrol their children at Radley Private School receive a number of additional benefits. These include:

  • Free attendance at two of Raizcorp’s internationally accredited entrepreneurial courses worth R16 000.
  • Three months of free access to co-working space at any of The Business Exchange’s branches to the value of R10 500.

Additional value is added on an ongoing basis. These benefits are subject to change, are not transferable and T’s & C’s apply.

Raising tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Radley aims to help parents raise the next generation of job creators through a holistic, unique and inclusive approach to traditional education. By integrating entrepreneurial principles into the curriculum, we foster proactive and creative thinking in our learners, helping to equip them with the skills they need to succeed in today’s fast-paced and competitive world. We encourage all our learners – who we now call entrepreneurs – to apply the methodologies of entrepreneurship to their everyday lives, whether it be for a cake and candy sale, an English project or the development of their own business ideas.

Our entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to exercise their skills and knowledge through ongoing entrepreneurial activities and assignments. These tasks provide them with experience and knowledge that will guide them in making informed and mature decisions about their future careers.

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Entrepreneurial Educator Guides

In 2018, Raizcorp launched an innovative training programme for Radley teachers, who are now known as guides. Making use of Raizcorp’s internationally accredited entrepreneurial and guiding methodologies, the Entrepreneurial Educator Guide (or EEG) programme has been developed to provide our educators with a thorough grounding in entrepreneurship, business language, business concepts, financial documents and more. In addition, the school has employed a full-time staff member to ensure that these business concepts are imbedded into all lesson plans and activities.

Our entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to exercise their skills and knowledge through ongoing entrepreneurial activities and assignments. These tasks provide them with experience and knowledge that will guide them in making informed and mature decisions about their future careers.

Exposure to entrepreneurship

As well as imbedding entrepreneurship into the curriculum, Radley has also introduced two new entrepreneurial focus areas for our young entrepreneurs:

  • Radley hosts regular visits by successful entrepreneurs during which they share the stories behind their business successes, and engage with our entrepreneurs about their business journeys.

  • Our entrepreneurs have the opportunity to go on regular tours of a range of businesses including factories, retailers, wholesalers and others. They also attend an annual entrepreneurial camp to experience the life lessons to be gained through entrepreneurship.

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