Last year we launched an exciting new programe for children called Enabling Enterprise. Set up by a team of teachers, the mission is to "equip young people with the skills, experiences and aspirations they need to suceed in life."
This programme has two key principles.
Firstly, that children need to be great communicators, socially adept and resilient to succeed. Secondly, that learning can be the most exciting thing in the world. It is made clear that what they are learning in the classroom, both knowledge and skills, are transferable.
Enabling Enterprise achieves both by bringing enterprise into the classroom through innovative programmes of engaging projects and exciting challenge days, for example designing, making and marketing their own cookbook and 'A Day in the Life of Politics.' During term children will experience a project that will require them to use a variety of the 8 core skills such as 'working as a team,' 'aiming high' and 'sharing ideas.'
They will need to be able to communicate well and cooperate whilst 'problem solving' and 'staying positive' to reach a common goal.
Enabling Enterprise also work in partnership with over 70 top businesses including PWC, Virgin, and Hamleys. Some children have already had, and others will have the opportunity to visit businesses and work with volunteers on a variety of exciting projects. These days are excellent opportunites to incentivise and reward students, and give them valuable experience of the professional world.