Enterprise Education is of fundamental importance to the development of Saint Paul’s Academy. As the Academy develops so does National Enterprise Education, putting increasing emphasis on economic and business understanding as well as, financial literacy. Opportunities provided in school can lead to increased self esteem, greater confidence and better preparation for the world of work which will hopefully lead to greater economic prosperity in later life. The aim is to create a 'can do' attitude rather than a passive learning environment.
Although the concept of Enterprise, and Work Related Learning, initially suggests undertaking extra curricula work, the aim is to embed the ideology and the practicalities within the taught curriculum, thus involving all members of staff. There are numerous and obvious links between Work Related Learning, our enrichment programmes and all other areas of the curriculum.
Enterprise Education will have two distinct strands. The first strand focuses on social and ethical issues as well as involving fundraising. The second strand focuses on business management and will seek to draw on the expertise of a wide range of established companies and organisations in this field.
Some of these ideas will be fairly straight forward when putting into practice, while others may be more complex in their delivery. One of the more important features has already been established through the formation of a formal 'student voice' entitled the Student Forum. This is made up of a student nominated in each tutor group who meets every half term, together with the Principal, in order to discuss current issues, tackle problems and find solutions through planned implementation.
If Enterprise Education is about raising student’s aspirations, their hopes and skills needed for further and higher education, as well as employability skills, it must project a positive image of what a young person is capable of, given the support, encouragement and opportunity in which to flourish.
Since becoming an Academy, Enterprise Education has already raised a sum in excess of £31,000 for selected charities through a variety of initiatives, projects and schemes, for example:
As an Academy we have chosen to support a wide variety of charities including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Battersea Cats’ and Dogs’ Home, Breast Cancer Care, Vision Aid Overseas, Sister Ann in Kenya, Greenwich and Bexley Hospice, McMillan Cancer Care, GOAL and other selected charities chosen or supported through the Student Forum.
Activities that have supported and developed the business management side of Enterprise Education include:
Finally, Enterprise Education seeks to be proactive in exploring further new ideas and initiatives as part of a business model which does not simply rely on tried and tested ideas but constantly striving to improve and develop creative thinking.