Enterprise helps enhance school

St Andrew's Junior school were presented with the National Standard for Enterprise Education certificate from the Enterprise network.
St Andrew's Junior school were presented with the National Standard for Enterprise Education certificate from the Enterprise network.

A BRIGHOUSE school has become one of the first in the region to receive a new enterprise award.

St Andrew’s Junior school was presented with the National Standard for Enterprise Education certificate from the Enterprise network.

The network is a Department of Education contract to support enterprise education from five to 19-year-olds across England with the aim to improve both the quality and enterprise education in schools and colleges.

With the help of the Centre for Education and Industry at the University of Warwick, the school has now helped pupils to enhance their creative skills.

CEI regional director Peter Stagg said: “St Andrew’s are one of the first to be recognised for their work after taking part in the trial period of the scheme.

“They aim to develop skills in the children like showing communication techniques, team work, taking risks and daring to do things.

“It’s about building confidence in all the children and helping schools get the balance of learning and exploring the wider world at the same time.”

The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust has worked alongside the University of Warwick to develop their Excellence in Enterprise Award into the National Standard for Enterprise Education.

The National Standard has been piloted by 50 schools and is now available for all schools to access as a development tool and self-assessment mechanism to support enterprise.

The pilot schools have found that the process not only helped them assess their enterprise education and but also help the school forward through the action planning they to develop and inform their vision and strategy.