Innovative digital event to celebrate EntreCompEdu Phase 1


23.08.2020

On the 7th July 2020, a group of Welsh EntreCompEdu participants and their support group gathered together online for a unique celebration. The event marked the first EntreCompEdu Phase 1 'whole school' online graduation ceremony - a little time out from the challenging period to recognise the success and commitment of the entrepreneurial education journey of the teaching staff at Dafen Primary School. A wholehearted engagement in the Erasmus+ funded skills framework that aims to build educator creative and entrepreneurial mindsets.

On the 7th July 2020, a group of Welsh EntreCompEdu participants and their support group gathered together online for a unique celebration. An event to mark the first EntreCompEdu Phase 1 'whole school' online graduation ceremony.

Felicity Healey-Benson of UWTSD, Lead EntreCompEdu Teacher Pioneer for Wales, began with a warm welcome to Kathryn Penaluna of the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development at UWTSD, the lead partner of the seven country Erasmus + funded project, and Professor Emeritus Andy Penaluna, both leading figures in the entrepreneurial education world.

Kathryn Penaluna thanked Head Teacher Iolan Greville for the school's unfaltering commitment to phase 1 of the EntreCompEdu project, and for the expertise and feedback tendered to the next iteration of the global CPD module design. Kathryn also drew attention to the teaching team's resilience in completing the three-month online CPD throughout COVID-19, a key element of entrepreneurial learning role-modelled to their learners. Professor Andy Penaluna followed with an inspiring graduation address on the importance of entrepreneurial education and its impact upon the future of work. before welcoming Dafen Primary School into the world of the entrepreneurial educator.

After a roll call with eleven staff members, Michelle Davies, Louise Fallon, Sarah James, Sheree Littler, Deborah Morgans, Faith Muldoon, Sarah Phillips, Shelley Rees, Tracey Singleton, Claire Watkeys, and Karen Weeds, the team gathered for a digital picture.

Both Iolan Greville, Head Teacher and Gareth Edwards, Chair of Governors commented on the knowledge and skills gained by all staff. This project has been useful in building upon educator approaches to creativity, independence, resilience, problem-solving, and well-timed with the exciting new Curriculum for Wales 2022. Councillor Rob Evans, Carmarthenshire County Council. Fellow school governors, Andrew Rogers, Emyr Brown, Michelle Lloyd also congratulated the staff.

Felicity Healey-Benson said “EntreCompEdu seeks to empower teachers to rethink the skills they have and how they can be used to foster entrepreneurial skills in their learners. The vision is a world in which every learner has the entrepreneurial skills to be part of a workforce that is alert and responsive to change, and capable of designing and implementing new solutions to complex problems”.

Following introduction sessions on the concept of Entrepreneurial Learning, and its application in pedagogy and practice, teaching staff including teaching assistants explored the EntreComp (Entrepreneurial Competence) framework, converting each competence into their own words and terminology, “a useful means to decode and gain confidence with entrepreneurial language” expressed Miss Singleton, Foundation Phase.

Already staff are motivated by how much creativity and innovation they can capture and build upon, from our outgoing curriculum, thus celebrating what we already do well whilst working on new skills challenges” shared Mrs Greville.

Mrs Muldoon, Early Years, commented on the positive focus of entrepreneurial learning that “leverages the high levels of innate curiosity that young children bring into the education system”.

In preparation to progress through the five EntreCompEdu online CPD modules, staff immersed themselves in activities to familiarize with the full suite of entrepreneurial competences, and idea-storm different value creation activities that could be embedded in the classroom.

An unplanned positive from the project was its inability to be disrupted by the COVID-19 lockdown, proving to be an efficient and accessible source of support and development, fuelling adaptably and agility. Ms Singleton, Foundation Phase explains “I benefited greatly from familiarising with the 15 competences before the schools closed. Progression achieved on the modules, I believe, set me up to be more accepting of the change I would soon face in my working environment. I’ve never been comfortable or accepting of ambiguity and uncertainty. Yet as I work through the modules, at a pace I can manage, I have become more aware of, and open to adapt in different ways. I sense a mindset shift”.

Feedback from the participants across 6 countries of phase 1 now informs the second iteration which will now roll out to 15 countries in September, after which the final global CPD model will be ready for open access.

For more information on EntreCompEdu:

http://entrecompedu.eu/index.php

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