Across the school, we aim to provide children with a range of opportunities to develop their unique interests. There are a range of leadership avenues the children may wish to pursue including Science Leaders, RE Prayer Leaders, ICT leaders, Sports Leaders, Gardening or the School Council.
All of these leadership opportunities provide the children with a chance to deliver genuine change across the school. Prayer leaders select and lead prayer on a weekly basis, while the ICT leaders are responsible for ongoing ‘tech’ issues as well as ensuring that the school TWITTER account is ticking over. The school council is elected by democratic vote each term. Recently the council has been responsible for promoting healthy packed lunch boxes including a focus on children’s sugar consumption. It has also organised the whole school community 40th birthday celebration and is leading on turning the school into a Fair Trade School. The school journalism team also publishes the newsletter which goes out every 2 weeks.
At Burley and Woodhead Primary School, we also place great importance in Enterprise education and aim to create an enterprising ethos throughout the school. We believe involvement in enterprise in education provides opportunities for different kinds of learning within and cross curricular areas. We see enterprise as a way to foster and develop core skills in real situations; to promote education for citizenship; to enhance pupil’s personal and social development and to provide opportunities for pupils to make informed choices and decisions. Many of the school’s activities easily lend themselves to enterprise education.
For us Enterprise education consists of enterprise capability supported by financial capability and business understanding. We define enterprise capability as innovation, creativity, risk-management and risk-taking, and a can-do attitude and the drive to make ideas happen.
In our school, some of the features of Enterprise education include the development of critical thinking skills, learner ownership, enquiry led learning, activities that promote team work and collaboration and reflection on learning. We aim for children to experience an enterprise project each year with their year group and to be exposed to an enterprise teaching and learning approach across the curriculum.
An activity can be classed as enterprising by: - Having a real or contextual reason for it e.g. producing posters to raise awareness about Fairtrade, making something to sell, children taking over-all responsibility for planning, promotion and decision making for projects e.g. organising a sponsored event, leading school council to improve school. Members of staff act as facilitators and are on hand to offer advice and guidance. The extent of teacher intervention will depend on the age/stage and previous experience of the children involved.
Through Enterprise Education, children have opportunities to develop core learning dispositions:-
· Effective communication
· Problem solving
· Risk taking
· Planning & Organisation
· Taking initiative & Responsibility
· Decision making
· Business awareness & financial understanding