ETBI piloted the programme in April/May 2015 year and has since shaped the programme arising from that experience.
We are taking a ‘train the train’ approach to the delivery. Currently, we have sixteen teachers trained to deliver the programme. The expectation is that once we train teachers they will return as trainers to their own school, with online support and resources available to them. Forty-three teachers, from the PP and FE sectors, have enrolled to commence the programme in September 2016. The Programme will run over four weekends in the ETBI Offices, Pipers Hill, Naas.
The programme aims to support and develop entrepreneurial education at post-primary and Further Education level. It is a blended learning programme consisting of eight face-to-face workshops and online exercises, with a particular focus on reflection. It is broadly based on three Modules;
Module 1 – Exploring Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Education – aims to develop your understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education. It develops the idea that entrepreneurial education has a place in every classroom, regardless of subjects.
Module 2 – Developing Entrepreneurial Skills in your Classroom – aims to develop your pedagogical skills to facilitate entrepreneurial classrooms.
Module 3 – Developing an Entrepreneurial School/Centre Culture – aims to assist you in embedding entrepreneurial education in your school/college. While this is a distinct Module, the tenets of it are embedded in the previous two Modules.
In the Irish context, the programme supports the Programme for a Partnership Government; Promoting Creativity and Entrepreneurial Capacity in Students and uses existing Department of Education & Skills School Self-Evaluation Procedures to assist schools in developing an entrepreneurial school culture. In line with the Teaching Council Professional Development Framework, Cosán, it is designed to promote collaboration between teachers across all sectors, offering them an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practice.
The programme was launched at European level in December 2015 and launched in Ireland by the Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton, T.D., at the ETBI Education Conference, September 2016.