M&S Making a Mark - Simon Marks

Teachers' notes


Simon Marks took the helm at M&S aged just 19 years old. He was innovative in his leadership of the Company, introducing new ideas and making changes to existing practices, and ultimately made M&S the high street staple that it is today.

This resource is part of the M&S 'Making a Mark' suite, about individuals or initiatives that have made a significant impact within M&S in some way. The aim is to show how the actions of one person or group of people can cause changes that affect the lives of ordinary people. It can be used for teaching the subjects and topics shown in the Curriculum Links listed below.  


The discussion and activity ideas pages suggest ways in which the material in this resource can be used with different subjects, as prompts for classroom or homework activities.

It can also be used to generate ideas and inspire students to make changes in their own community, to think about issues that matter to them and how to communicate this. 

Curriculum Links:

  • KS3/4 History, Citizenship and Business Studies - enterprise learning, economics
  • KS3/4 PSHE - community development
  • Post 16 Business Studies - People in organisations 

Learning Objectives:

Knowledge   of the ways in which Simon Marks led M&S to success


Understanding  of how the innovation and entrepreneurial skills of one person can drive a successful business


Improved research skills , investigating primary sources (photographs and newspaper articles)

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