Statement of Intent

Shanklea Primary School aims to create an enterprising ethos throughout the school. Enterprise is embedded in the whole school vision. Children are encouraged to participate in many aspects of school life through the school and eco council, teaching and learning and working with the community. The Thinking Skills Strategies programme also furthers children’s creative problem solving skills.

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; to provide opportunities for pupils to make informed choices and decisions. Many of the school’s extra-curricular and enhancement activities easily lend themselves to enterprise education.

An activity can be classed as enterprising by:

Having a real or contextual reason for it e.g. producing posters to raise awareness about the need to recycle, making something to sell at the Christmas Fair, role-playing shops in an EYFS environment.

Children taking over-all responsibility for planning and decision making for the project e.g. organising a sponsored event for charity, putting on a production/assembly for parents.

- The teacher/TA is the facilitator and is 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.

2. Aims

Enterprise education will be developed by:

- The application the core skills of communication, numeracy, literacy, problem-solving, using ICT and working with others collaboratively across the curriculum

- Promoting enterprising attitudes and skills through learning and teaching.

- Nurturing a knowledge and understanding of the world of work through contact with art professionals and voluntary organisations .

- Enhancing personal and social development.

- Forming links with the wider community.

- Fostering skills in citizenship.

Food Enterprise

Key Stage 2 support the charity 'Send a Cow'. Parents and relatives were challenged to live below the line for five days on budget meals costing under £1 per person per day.

Send a Cow Education brings the real world into the classroom, to strengthen the curriculum and to embed global learning. It empowers a wider school community helping pupils to understand the world and how they can make a positive difference, locally and globally.

Education is supported by Virgin Money Make £5 grow, a young enterpreneur scheme funded and delivered in partnership with Mrs Hall, Virgin Money Enterprise Coordinator. The pupils also planned and prepared a food and craft market, selling fresh home made produce and crafts from China, Italy, USA, Mexico, Spain and India.

Newcastle United Enterprise

Newcastle United Enterprise Academy worked in partnership with Shanklea Primary School to offer children the chance to improve their enterprise skills whilst mixing their love of the sport. This initiative gives young people an understanding of Newcastle United as a business rather than just a football club while raising their self esteem and aspirations too.