As far as employers are concerned, far too few schools are adequately preparing students for the world of work. With enterprise education as a compulsory subject on your curriculum, schools have to take this aspect of provision more seriously. But what does providing an enterprise curriculum involve in practice?

This issue of Curriculum Briefing – Enterprise learning: ready for the workplace shows you how to source business links for your school, and then make best use of these within your curriculum delivery. It also offers guidelines for preparing your staff to deliver this new way of learning, and includes several case studies that will help you to see results in schools around the country for yourself.


OVERVIEW: Seeing enterprise learning from every angle

Every agency and individual has a slightly different take on what enterprise learning means to them. In Enterprise education: ready for the workplace Ian Hughes of the DfES Enterprise and School Business Links Unit provides an overview of the different perspectives that have informed the approach to enterprise education in place today.

PLANNING YOUR PROGRAMME: Plotting a course: what you should deliver

Enterprise Adviser Gus McSkimming, regional director of the Yorkshire and Humber SETNET, urges you to grasp the opportunity to implement enterprise education into your curriculum in full and go beyond the bare minimum to prepare an innovative and exciting programme that will make a real difference to your students. In Enterprise education: ready for the workplace he shows how by explaining the core issues of enterprise learning and outlining the three programme strands that underpin success.

MANAGING ENTERPRISE: Creating an enterprise education checklist

Where do you begin to implement enterprise education? Start talking about enterprise and what it means to you, says Malcolm Hoare from the Centre for Education and Industry, who provides a checklist and guidance to help you develop and manage enterprise education appropriate for your particular school context. He discusses the key management issues you need to cover to create, implement and then manage a creative enterprise programme.

MANAGING TEACHING AND LEARNING: Opening the door to success

For your enterprise programme to succeed, you need to ensure you have structures in place to secure the best approaches to teaching and learning. Peter Stagg of the Centre for Education and Industry looks at the key issues, including curriculum organisation, assessment and resourcing, using case examples to illustrate good practice to help you achieve enterprising teaching and learning in your school.

TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES: Enterprising ways to teach and learn

Learning in an enterprising manner develops enterprise skills and leads to richer and more useful learning in all curriculum areas. In Enterprise Education: ready for the workplace, Australian education specialist Paul Kearney describes how to achieve this successful approach and states a case for modernising enterprise education.

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY LINKS: Bringing business into the classroom

Many people and resources can support your efforts to bring business to the classroom. In Enterprise Education: ready for the workplace, Bob Jones, Director of the National Enterprise Network, discusses the ingredients of a successful education-business link and reviews the agencies available to help you make valuable links for your own school.

EVALUATING PROGRESS: Model of good practice

Once your enterprise programme is in place, you need to evaluate progress regularly to ensure that it provides the best possible content and approach for your students. In Enterprise education: ready for the workplace, Nick Meagher, Director of The Evaluation and Development Agency, shares good practice from schools in Tyneside and advises on other ways to evaluate and improve on your work-related learning and enterprise curriculum.

CASE STUDY: ENTERPRISING ACTIVITY: Business challenge puts enterprise centre stage Teachers at a Nottinghamshire school took pupils out of the classroom and helped them to develop teamworking and problem-solving skills. The focus of the project was the Index challenge, a week-long programme of events applauded by staff, students and sponsors. In Enterprise education: ready for the workplace enterprise coordinator Caroline Smith and headteacher John Tomasevic chart the development of the challenge.