Thursday, January 30, 2014

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100 initial teacher training students from Sheffield Hallam University have been given the inspiration for an enterprising approach to teaching and learning by Ready Unlimited, the award-winning Rotherham enterprise education programme.

Ready Unlimited develops teachers skills and confidence to create enterprising and entrepreneurial learning for all children, from as soon as they start school.

Evolving from Rotherham Ready and originally established as a council-run project by Rotherham Council in 2005, Ready Unlimited became an independent not-for-profit social enterprise last year.

In partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, Ready Unlimited has developed an ITT Enterprise Enhancement course which is now offered every year to trainee primary and early years teachers in order to develop an enterprising approach to teaching and learning.

The training sees all trainees experience a range of practical and theoretical activities which they can replicate in the classroom as part of their course placements. Throughout the day, trainees explored the definition of enterprise education, how enterprising skills and attitudes could be developed through the curriculum and took part in an entrepreneurial challenge.

Ready Unlimited has worked in partnership with the university for the last five years and worked with 700 trainee teachers, developing their skills, knowledge and confidence to integrate enterprise and entrepreneurship into the curriculum.

Naomi Cooper, senior lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education at Sheffield Hallam, said: "We wholeheartedly endorse the ITT enterprise enhancement course run by Ready Unlimited.

"Every year, we are proud to say that a full cohort of trainee teachers get to experience this training and go on to apply for their first teaching roles equipped with something truly innovative to make them stand out from the crowd. We are passionate about enterprise education at the university and therefore strongly believe that it should form part of our teacher education offer."

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has this week published its Skills and Employment Manifesto setting out ways to radically transform the systems that educate our young people. It includes calls for universities and chambers of commerce to promote enterprise among a wider range of students and for improvements to careers guidance and employability skills provision in schools.

Rotherham leads the way in enterprise education and has become internationally acclaimed for its approach to integrating enterprise into learning for all children aged 4-19. Professors and business people from Japan, Finland, Lithuania and Spain have visited Rotherham to find out more.

Ready Unlimited website

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