Talking to Teachers of Tomorrow

Enabling Enterprise were delighted to be invited for the third year running to present to final year students at Newman University as part of their Creative Approaches to the Curriculum module.

Newman University Initial Teacher Education

Newman University, based 8 miles south west of Birmingham City Centre, was founded in 1968 as a specialist centre for teacher education. It is recognised for its interactive teaching style and outstanding graduate employment. The University continues to offer degrees in teacher education as well as a broad range of human and social sciences

Creative Approaches to the Curriculum through Enterprise Education

Enabling Enterprise’s Alison Gale and Louise Brannan began the session by challenging the students to consider the relevance of today’s curriculum and why Enabling Enterprise firmly uphold the belief that enterprise skills, including those relating to communication, creativity , collaboration and resilience, should considered a key enabler alongside literacy and Numeracy.

Project based learning, as a way to deliver creative, enterprise education was unpicked and the students engaged enthusiastically in a mini challenge, recognising the skills they had needed to employ to successfully complete the task in their small teams. This approach, advocated throughout Enabling Enterprise’s lesson time projects and Challenge Day experiences, makes learning real, relevant and engaging to children and young people of all ages.

Of particular interest for these final year students about to embark on final placements in schools was the way in which they could evidence QTS standards as they embark on their teaching careers by engaging in enterprise education and championing the development of key skills in their own classrooms and beyond.

The Future:

Eamonn Elliott, Senior Lecturer at Newman University, explained that the sessions, led by Enabling Enterprise, provided a great opportunity to ‘plant seeds regarding creativity in the curriculum’ as well as expanding the students understanding of enterprise education. As the students were soon to be immersed into schools, he added, ‘this has been a most worthwhile session to support them as they embark on their creativity week in schools and beyond’.

What they said:

  • “This session has been thought provoking. So many possibilities! It’s given me lots of ideas. Thank you.” – Student, Newman University
  • “This has been a really good session – it’s raised my awareness of project based learning and the importance of enterprise skill development. “- Student, Newman University
  • “You encouraged the students to think beyond a ’standard’ delivery of the curriculum and for many it was a good reminder of why they have chosen to become teachers…your encouragement will support them to expand their ideas about delivery of the curriculum ” – Senior Lecturer, Newman University

Good luck to all Newman University Students as they embark on their school based placements and for their future careers
Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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