Student Talent Bank – one step closer to bringing entrepreneurship education in schools!
On the 4th and 5th of June, the ST Bank project partners met in Katerini, Greece, for the second coordination meeting. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the activities progress and to plan the next steps.
Iasi County School Inspectorate (ISJI) has presented the results of the National Framework Analysis as part of the project research phase. The report reflects the analysis of the policy context regarding entrepreneurial education in secondary schools.
In conclusion, referring to the national/regional strategy regarding entrepreneurial education in the countries in the partnership, 4 of them (Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, Spain) have a specific strategy and 3 of them (France, Greece, Italy) have only specific initiatives.
• Financial resources are allocated in 5 countries (3 with specific strategy, France and Romania) and 2 (Greece and Italy) have no financial allocation.
• There is awareness regarding the need of entrepreneurial education in each country and training programmes are organized for the interested teachers.
• Guidelines and teaching materials are offered in all countries, except Greece and Italy.
• There are Centres of expertise and/or teacher networks in 5 countries (Belgium, France, Netherlands, Romania and Spain), but there is no evidence on this issue in Greece and Italy. All countries include the entrepreneurial education in the national curriculum, but there are countries where EE is introduced as an option course (France, Spain, Romania), in extracurricular activities (France, Italy, Spain, Romania), or in activities proposed by NGOs, universities, small enterprises (France, Greece, Spain, Romania). Moreover, ISJI presented as well the preliminary results of the survey launched earlier.
• Entrepreneurship education is based on developing the students’ competences; • Both students and teachers are very interested in entrepreneurial activities; • All respondents appreciate the benefits of entrepreneurial education;
• The entrepreneurial initiatives are not in enough in number. The recommendations derived from the preliminary results point out the following elements:
2. Entrepreneurship should be promoted among teachers. For students to develop entrepreneurial skills, teachers need to develop similar competences themselves. For this reason, it is necessary to introduce an optional entrepreneurship course in initial teacher education, as well as a training course for experienced teachers to develop the competences needed for entrepreneurship education.
3. A method to assess the students should be developed: it is necessary to evaluate the students’ entrepreneurial competences in order to ensure that entrepreneurial education is taken seriously by students and teachers – for instance by assessing the students’ portfolio.
4. The business community and entrepreneurs should be involved in the learning and teaching processes in schools. This will provide teachers and students with practical experiences of entrepreneurship and innovation.
School Talent Bank is Erasmus+ funded project that promotes entrepreneurial education in secondary schools among teachers in order to prevent early school leaving, facilitate the transition from school to work and increase students’ engagement. The specific target are those schools which register a high percentage of ethnic minority and foreign-born students. In order to do so, School Talent Bank enriches school teachers with entrepreneurial competences, as well as creating an online platform, “The School Talent Time Bank”. The web will work as a motivation and take action tool designed to support teachers to manage school drop-outs.
Agenda of the event