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News: ‘Made in Rotherham’ receives accolades from education officials

Posted on: March 7th, 2008

This March, the ‘Made in Rotherham’ celebration event showcased the borough’s achievements in enterprise learning and Rotherham Ready received positive feedback from some of the UK’s leading education practitioners.

Students, teachers and entrepreneurs came together to celebrate Rotherham’s transformation in teaching and learning and the event also attracted leading education officials who commended the programme.

Ian Hughes, DCSF Enterprise Education Policy Leader said,

“Rotherham has a head start on enterprise learning but every other borough needs it. Rotherham, in terms of enterprise education, is famous and people are looking to copy you. My mission is to persuade more people to incorporate it into school life.”

Throughout the event young people showcased their enterprise skills and Year 10’s from Wickersley School and Sports College presented their award-winning business idea, Truck Trackers.

They were followed by five-year-old Madeleine from Herringthorpe Infants who talked about her role as leader of the Christmas decorations at the school fair.

Made in Rotherham was a great opportunity to hear from the business mentors working with students to maximise their potential and entrepreneur Julie Kenny CBE DL, delivered an inspirational speech in which she said,

“In your lives you will have opportunities, just grab them. That’s what made me successful. Rotherham Ready has been a great vehicle for the region and really leads the way in sustaining enterprise in schools.”

Zena Taylor from Hilltop Special School is one of more than 100 teachers who have undergone enterprise training. Zena believes enterprise learning is fun, inclusive and useful and she said,

“Even students with profound difficulties are responding to enterprise. The more enterprising we can become the more self sufficient we can become and the more beneficial we can be to the community.”

Rotherham Ready is now exploring the creation of a Centre of Excellence to continue the positive work throughout schools and colleges in the borough and Project Manager Jackie Frost said,

“We have not only achieved our original vision but are now on our way to creating something really exciting which is changing the face of teaching and learning in Rotherham.”