Wednesday, June 29, 2011

News: Are You Ready to be like Rotherham


A national enterprise education programme based on the ground-breaking work taking place in Rotherham was launched at Magna this week.

Are You Ready? aims to prepare young people for the challenges and opportunities of life in the 21st Century by inspiring teachers to integrate enterprise skills and culture into the life and curriculum of schools and colleges.

Successful businessman and Secret Millionaire, Carl Hopkins, was at the launch to give his backing to the pioneering programme and become a founding patron.

The social entrepreneur met the Are You Ready? team during Enterprising Britain competition, which he judged.

Showcasing their original project - internationally acclaimed enterprise education programme Rotherham Ready - the team demonstrated how enterprise had transformed teaching and learning and raised aspirations.

Rotherham Ready was launched in 2005 and was such a success that Hull Ready, Calderdale Ready, Scarborough Ready and North Lincolnshire Ready have followed. Through these projects more than 1,000 teachers have been trained to develop enterprise through the curriculum and bring learning and teaching to life for pupils.

Carl was "blown away" by the comprehensive strategy the team had developed to transform school culture and put enterprise at the heart of teaching and learning.

Rotherham won the competition and was named the most enterprising place in Britain.

Carl said, "I'm really proud to be associated with this new phase of enterprise in education which the Are You Ready? team are creating. They're not just thinking about one-off opportunities for schools to work with businesses but they have a passion to change the way schools operate - creating an enterprising culture from the inside."

Jackie Frost, project manager at Are You Ready? added: "This is a really exciting time for us and for schools and colleges everywhere. Being enterprising is critical in every sphere of life, as well as profession.

"Whether young people want to work in the private, public or voluntary sector, they will need an entrepreneurial mindset and transferable skills. We want to transform the hearts and minds of teachers and learners with an enterprising message that will help prepare young people for their future."

Rotherham Ready website
Are You Ready? website



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