Teachers from across the West Midlands met recently to share ideas and best practice around enterprise education. The session was kindly hosted in the Management Suite of Birmingham’s prestigious Bullring shopping centre.

Enabling Enterprise is a partnership of schools and employers working to prepare young people for the real world through the development of key skills sought by employers, such as resilience and problem solving, teamwork and leadership, and presentation and listening skills.

Regional Manager Rob Hattersley explained: ‘We heard from a headteacher about how their enterprise programme was directly mentioned by OFSTED as a positive factor in their school improvement, and from another about the impact on staff morale and professional development.’

One headteacher commented: ‘It was great to hear from Bullring on how positive their partnership with Enabling Enterprise was in terms of staff development, but also simply witnessing the effect of the programme on the aspirations and skills development of our young people’.

A teacher who acts as Enterprise Champion in her school added, ‘It was really useful to hear from other teachers and heads about how they had implemented enterprise education in school, and the positive effect on pupils, especially those who find more formal academic education difficult but have the potential to become the Richard Bransons of tomorrow.’

The Teacher Forums are now a regular event and next term will focus on training School Enterprise Champions for their role promoting enterprise skills and project-based-learning in school. For more information about enterprise programmes in the West Midlands, visit enablingenterprise.org or email rob.hattersley@enablingenterprise.org

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