A schools enterprise teaching toolkit issued to all West Lothian schools has been sent out to every local authority at the request of the Scottish Executive. It includes a laminator, a comb binding machine and combs, a Sizzex machine for die cutting and embossing, a mount cutter, decorative strimmer and a badge-making machine and is supported by a CD-Rom that teaches pupils and teachers how to use the equipment.
"The principle behind the strategy was to engage teachers and pupils in using technology in the classroom and explore avenues of using it in an enterprising and creative manner," said Eric Burton, West Lothian's enterprise in education officer.
The convener of the children's services committee, Carol Bartholomew, added: "Our aim is to encourage enterprise values through a can do, will do attitude from the earliest age. Enterprise can help children to build an understanding of the contribution they can make as citizens both to society and to the economy."