The Enterprising Educator: a new, fully funded accredited Masters-level course

SCOTTISH teachers can access fully funded training at postgraduate level to become ‘enterprising educators’ as part of a collaboration between the University of the Highlands and Islands and Scotland’s Enterprising Schools.

We’re thrilled to be working in collaboration with CREATE, UHI’s Centre for Enterprise and Innovation, to present such an exciting professional-learning opportunity for practitioners. ‘The Enterprising Educator’ which is a newly-accredited Masters-level module will complement our Enterprising Practitioner’s Programme, launched in 2016 and developed by CREATE.

Since its launch, the Enterprising Practitioner’s Programme has been accessed by more than 1500 primary and secondary school teachers, enabling them to support young people in the development of entrepreneurism.

Building on the success of this resource, the new accredited module, developed by CREATE, will be delivered over 15-weeks through a combination of online study and face to face tutorials – allowing teachers to develop a critical understanding of effective enterprise in education.

This exciting CPD opportunity for practitioners is fully funded, meaning it is free of charge to participants.

The module will look at enterprise, creativity, employability, entrepreneurship and innovation, and how this supports the Scottish Government’s work to support the development of an enterprising population and new-business growth.

Dr Carol Langston, Head of Entrepreneurship at CREATE, said:

“Within education, we need to start as early as possible to foster and support an attitude shift – to make sure young people develop the skills to succeed and also to encourage the idea of being your own boss as a valid option when considering future careers. We have a responsibility to make sure that young people have a good understanding of what being your own boss involves in a whole range of different and exciting environments, and how the skills and mind-set developed are highly valued by employers.

” This module will develop teachers as enterprising educators and provide a stepping stone into Masters-level study. More and more teachers are being encouraged to think about their professional development, study beyond degree level and become leaders in their field and we are delighted to be able to support SES
in delivering professional learning
at this level. It also feeds into the Scottish Government’s ambitions “to promote a ‘can do’ culture of entrepreneurship and innovation”

Our very own Head of Programme Lorraine Ross, commented on the value this course offers enterprising practitioners:

“Educational research indicates that the contribution enterprise in education makes to the development of children and young people can enhance their life chances and choices.  It helps to identify and nurture their natural ability to be enterprising and helps prepare them for a rapidly changing world of work.

There is a need to increase teachers’ awareness, confidence and engagement in these areas and to build on the best emerging teaching and learning practices.”

We are delighted to be working in partnership with CREATE and the University of the Highlands and Islands to offer this important new programme for Scotland’s teaching practitioners.

To get involved with this amazing opportunity to become an Enterprising Educator or for more information, please contact Helen Aird, Marketing and PR Officer, Inverness College UHI at Helen.Aird.ic@uhi.ac.uk or telephone 01463 273315/07584616252.

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