At Renishaw Primary School we recognise the importance of Enterprise Education and aim to create an enterprising ethos throughout the school. Enterprise is embedded in the whole school vision as part of ‘Able to meet future challenges’. Children are encouraged to participate in many aspects of school life through the school and eco council, teaching and learning and working with the community. The PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) programme will also further children’s creative problem solving skills.
We see enterprise as a way to foster and develop core skills in real situations; to promote education for citizenship; to enhance pupil’s personal and social development; to provide opportunities for pupils to make informed choices and decisions. Many of the school’s activities easily lend themselves to enterprise education.
An activity can be classed as enterprising by:
– Having a real or contextual reason for it e.g. producing posters to raise awareness about the need to recycle, making something to sell at the Christmas Fair, role-playing shops in an EYFS environment.
– Children taking over-all responsibility for planning and decision making for the project e.g. organising a sponsored event for charity, putting on a production/assembly for parents.
– The teacher/TA is the facilitator and is on hand to offer advice and guidance. The extent of teacher intervention will depend on the age/stage and previous experience of the children involved.
Enterprise education will be developed by:
– The application the core skills of communication, numeracy, literacy, problem-solving, using ICT and working with others across the curriculum
– Promoting enterprising attitudes and skills through learning and teaching.
– Nurturing a knowledge and understanding of the world of work through contact with professionals.
– Enhancing personal and social development.
– Forming links with the wider community.
– Fostering skills in citizenship.