What is enterprise?

‘Enterprise is purposeful, active behaviour which can take place in any number of contexts, business being only one. Enterprise is making things happen, having ideas and doing something about them, taking advantage of the opportunity and brining about change.’ (Paul Kearney, Tasmania, Australia 1994).

‘Enterprise is having ideas and imagination and using them ……’ Enterprise is the creation and maintenance of a project which does not need to be profit making.’ (Primary Enterprise, Durham University, England 1989). 

The Benefits of Enterprise Education.

Enterprise education makes learning experiences real for children. They are given responsibility to make decisions, there is a role for every child, the activities are coherent, progressive and meet the criteria for the 5-14 Guidelines.

What is an Enterprise Project?

The four R’s of Enterprise projects:

Real – Involving the children in a ‘real’ project that will provide skills for lifelong learning.

Role – Every child has a role to play in the Enterprise Project.

Responsibility – Every child has an element of responsibility.

Risk – The project may not go to plan so the children can experience success and sometimes failure.

Enterprise projects fall into four different categories:


Making and selling, buying and selling, recycling and selling.


Concert, fundraising, shows, school fayre, discos.

Display of  knowledge

Exhibition of work, guidebooks, leaflets, assemblies.


Recycling, anti-litter, anti-bullying, health, read safety.

At Kirkhill Primary, Enterprise Education provides young  people with the opportunity to:

·        Develop skills and attitudes

·        Experience and enhance understanding of the world or work

·        Participate fully in enterprise activities with a hands on approach.

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