Friday, December 9, 2011

News: Rotherham is creating a culture of enterprise in education


A Creating a Culture of Enterprise in Education event has been held as the culmination of a two and a half year project run by award-winning enterprise education programme Rotherham Ready.

Rotherham Ready has been working with secondary schools and colleges to develop enterprise in education from Key Stage 3 upwards.

This work has included developing resources, training models and new approaches that support schools and colleges to champion and develop enterprise.

The programme has also included work to integrate enterprise into Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Through the programme more than 700 trainee teachers at Sheffield Hallam University have learned how to develop enterprise through the curriculum through the Inspire ITT programme.

Teachers involved in the project met to share their experiences and receive a complete set of ERDF resources for their school.

Also attending was international education speaker and former Head Teacher of the Year, Richard Gerver.

Richard, who visited Rotherham in 2009, said: "In the last year I have visited China, Brazil, India and Sweden and enterprise and entrepreneurship are firmly on the top of the education agenda in these countries.

"Globally, governments are looking for approaches that will develop young people's skills and creativity, and I'm really pleased to be able to come back to Rotherham to see the work they have been developing in this area.

"The challenges our young people will face in the future are simply too big to ignore. As school leaders we have got to stop discussing whether we do this, and simply get on with it, as Rotherham Ready is."

Catherine Brentnall, ERDF project officer at Rotherham Ready, added: "If we want young people to have the skills and personality they will need to succeed in the future, and if we want a dynamic economy, then enterprise needs to be a key part of young people's education, all the way through their education.

"We want all teachers, no matter what age, stage or subject they teach, to be confident and equipped to make enterprise and entrepreneurship part of young people's learning and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity the ERDF funding has given us to help progress this aim."

Rotherham Ready website



Anonymous,  December 9, 2011 at 11:50 AM  

I don't see anywhere the expansion of ERDF for the uninitiated. I see "ERDF funding" so I'm assuming it's private sector.

Tom,  December 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM  

Sorry for not explaining that ERDF is the European Regional Development Fund, the main source of funding from the EU that supports economic regeneration.

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