The hidden upside of enterprise education

Efforts to promote entrepreneurialism in schools have, in the past, been seen as just a ‘bolt-on’ to the core curriculum. But one enterprising school is setting out to change all that and, in the process, transforming young people’s natural embarrassment at the idea of pursuing ambition and success. Henry Hepburn pays a visit

Showing ambition: How one Scottish school is blazing a trail with enterprise and entrepreneurial education

Amelie catches me unawares. It’s the end of a tiring day that started with a long, circuitous drive, including an hour spent crawling behind a wide-load convoy. Then, a jam-packed few hours at Dunoon Grammar, where a non-stop carousel of students had come to talk to me.

Now, things are more relaxed as we’ve ventured outdoors, and students at the school’s Learning Centre – for young people with complex additional learning needs – are milling around the allotment, where they grow produce to sell.

The autumn sun is fading and I’m in a near reverie, as I remark to a teacher how fortunate the ...

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