Friday, July 11, 2014

News: Royal appointment for Rotherham enterprise project

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HRH The Duke of York hosted a meeting at Buckingham Palace this week to be given an update on the progress of the world-leading enterprise education programme, Ready Unlimited, that began life in Rotherham schools.

Ready Unlimited started out as a local authority initiative to tackle low levels of ambition and achievement in deprived Rotherham schools and has won international acclaim after helping transform school performance by showing teachers how to embed enterprise learning approaches in lessons for pupils as young as four years old.

Catherine Brentnall, managing director, and Jackie Frost, non-executive director at Ready Unlimited, were invited to the capital yesterday to update Prince Andrew on the Rotherham model which is now replicated by not-for-profit social enterprise, Ready Unlimited and works with 449 schools across the UK, encouraging pupils to be entrepreneurial but in doing so, aims to develop their learning behaviours, engagement in school and attitudes and expectations for the future.

The Duke supports providers of entrepreneurially focused education and visited Herringthorpe Infants school in Rotherham in 2012 (pictured), where he met teachers, pupils and staff involved in the award-winning education programme.

Jackie Frost, non-executive director at Ready Unlimited, said: "I was there when HRH the Duke of York visited Rotherham. It was such a momentous occasion for the children and everyone who has been involved with Rotherham Ready over the years. He kindly invited Ready Unlimited to update him on the progress made since "spinning out" of the local authority 12 months ago. I'm so proud to be involved!"

No stranger to Buckingham Palace, Jackie was there in 2009 to receive her Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion - the UK's most prestigious award for individuals helping to unlock Britain's entrepreneurial talent.

Ready Unlimited website

Images: Ready Unlimited

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