“Entrepreneurs are an important part of Scotland’s economy and help us meet our full economic potential so it is important we encourage the next generation to think about their entrepreneurial potential. Scotland’s schools, colleges and universities are crucial to achieving this.

“The Scottish Government is supportive of initiatives that bring entrepreneurship to the forefront of people’s minds and Scotland’s Enterprising Schools is a great example of this. The programme will support teachers in schools across the whole country, including some of our most deprived areas, to develop entrepreneurial skills in their pupils. It also contributes to our national statement of becoming a world leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation – a CAN DO place for business.”

– Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney

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Schools throughout Scotland engage in enterprise activity. For some this can mean a one off event, for others enterprise is a way of life, it is the way in which the curriculum is delivered and the way young people learn.

One of the ambitions of the Scotland CAN DO framework is “to achieve an education system with entrepreneurship and innovation at its core, seizing the opportunities presented by Curriculum for Excellence”. This is why Scotland’s Enterprising Schools was developed.

Scotland’s Enterprising Schools helps schools embed the Developing the Young Workforce strategy, Building the Curriculum 4, HGIOS (4th Edition) and supports the realisation of the ambitions set out by the newly developed career education and work placement standards.

The project was developed to:

  • Recognise schools for their work in this area and provide a platform for sharing good practice
  • Encourage schools, from ELC through and beyond senior phase, to develop a whole-school approach to enterprise and entrepreneurial thinking
  • Make resources available for teaching staff to support enterprise activity and encourage entrepreneurial thinking

The Vision of Scotland’s Enterprising Schools is:

To inspire all young people to develop a CAN DO attitude that will enable them to reach their full potential.

The Mission of Scotland’s Enterprising Schools is:

To support education practitioners to cultivate an innovative and creative curriculum that motivates young people to be all they can be in learning, life and work.

Young people need to be prepared for a world that is changing rapidly. Many of the jobs they will do when they leave school do not yet exist and they will probably have several jobs during their lifetime. They need to have the skills and attitudes to cope with an unpredictable future, to be able to deal with setbacks and disappointments in a positive way, and to continue to learn for the rest of their lives.

Scotland needs people who are enterprising and entrepreneurial whatever their chosen career path, young people who are prepared and ready for the world of work, including self-employment, equipped to make an effective transition from education to work and make a contribution to Scotland’s economy. From the earliest age, children have a natural ability to be enterprising and it is important for that ability to be nurtured throughout their education.