“It’s been an exhilarating journey so far,” said Oundle lower sixth form pupil, Crawford Johnston (17), as he enters his fourth year in business helping young people to score top marks in English exams.
Invited to present a workshop at the UK’s largest home education HESFES festival, Crawford’s Creative Writing Magic Money Cards attracted plenty of interest. Mike Greene, star of Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, said upon meeting the schoolboy for a second time and listening to Crawford present on his progress: “I am increasingly impressed with your focus and business aims.”
The chief executive of the Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce has recently offered to mentor Crawford, who himself gained an A* IGCSE for English.
This time last year, Crawford received a boost when businessman and government adviser, Doug Richards, described the schoolboy businessman as “a little apple” at an Entrepreneurs and Education Programme seminar, where Mr Richards discussed the different kinds of business opportunities that exist in a wide array of markets.
In 2012, Crawford met the author Alexander McCall-Smith, who described his Creative Writing Magic Money Cards as “magnificent” and “a most remarkable idea”.