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Find out more about the various enterprising events being carried out in East Lothian.

Enterprise Week at Gullane Primary School

Gullane Primary School are running a number of activities this week to demonstrate how they use enteprising approaches across the curriculum.

The nursery are having a tooth brushing and hand washing week, with information being sent out to parents and demonstrations in class. On Tuesday they are having the machine which shows up the germs on your hand!

P1 are having a Teddy Bear week because they are doing a Toys project, this involves bringing your teddy to school each day and involving him in different activities finishing up with a Teddy Bears picnic on Friday to raise money for Children in Need.

P2 are having a Viking week where they will be building mini settlements, and finding out all about life as a Viking.

P2/3 have been busy working on individual research projects and are presenting them to each other this week.

P3/4 & P4/5 are holding a sponsored walk in aid of Food Aid, they have created their own sponsorship forms and have been busy getting as much money as they can before their walk.

P5 are busy preparing for the Christmas art and craft fair that they are organising in the school at the end of this month. They have organised activities for each class to create for the fair and have been in charge of arranging stalls, producing advertising, sorting money and resources etc. The class had to apply for jobs such as advertising manager, general manager etc.

P6 have been given a challenge to create stained glass windows for the front of the school for Christmas. The groups have to measure their window, come up with a suitable design and create it for display throughout December.

P7 are creating an anti-bullying DVD (see attachment for details)


Elise Sutherland

Enterprise Awards 2007

The winners of this year’s enterprise awards were announced on Friday 22 June.  As previously mentioned, the criteria for this year was more rigorous and the selection of the finalist was very difficult due to the wealth of good practice shown.  This will be shared across the authority in due course.

The winners were:

Enterprising Teaching and Learning

Gold – St Gabriel’s RC Primary School, Prestonpans

Silver – Cockenzie Primary School, Cockenzie and Port Seton

Bronze – Kings Meadow Primary School, Haddington

Enterprise Activity

Gold – Musselburgh Grammar School, Musselburgh

Silver – Law Primary School, North Berwick

Bronze – Tranent Primary School, Tranent

In addition to the school awards, a number of local businesses were invited to the event.  They were nominated by our schools for the contribution they made to the curriculum.  The awards themselves were given out by children from the school who nominated them.  This added a more personal touch to the ceremony.  A list of the businesses nominated is attached below.


Enterprise in Education Awards 2007

Tomorrow is our annual Enteprise in Education Awards ceremony which is designed to recognise the achievements of both schools and businesses across the authority this year.  As mentioned previously in the blog, the criteria for this year was more rigorous with a panel of judges looking at the various submissions.  There are three categories of awards this year.  These are

  • Business Awards – nominated by the schools themselves for businesses who have helped in the delivery of the curriculum.
  • Enterprising Teaching and Learning – showing examples of how enterprising approaches have become part of everyday teaching and learning.
  • Enterprise Activity – an eevnt which involved te pupils taking ownership and making choices reagrding their learning.

The ceremony itself is being held at the Townhouse in Haddington from 10.30am.  The winners will be posted on this blog in due course.

Make It In Scotland 2007

Make it in Scotland is an opportunity offered by Careers Scotland for S2s to find out more about the Manufacturing Sector in Scotland and especially about the importance to that sector of pupils with science, maths and technology qualifications, before making their Subject Choices. As Careers Scotland wish to change to a new format, all Education Authorities in South East Scotland area were asked to nominate 1 school in their area to take part in a pilot of the new materials. The new materials were constructed as a new Career Box lesson S2, lesson 7, parts A and B, and may now be accessed by all schools. In February the lesson was delivered to the pilot classes by teachers and the Enterprise in Education Advisers.


In East Lothian the pilot school was North Berwick High and the winning team from this school attended the South East of Scotland Final at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on March 28th. Here the team took part in several activities: building and directing a robot, creating and marketing a new product, finding out about careers in Manufacturing and giving a presentation of their findings about the Manufacturing Sector in Scotland. The North Berwick team used Rolls Royce as their case study, gave an excellent presentation and had an interesting and enjoyable day.


All teachers who took part in the pilot project were asked for feedback and their comments will be taken into account when the Make it in Scotland lesson and challenge are finalised. It is hoped to offer the opportunity to take part in Make it in Scotland to all S2 classes in the South East of Scotland in the period January to March 2008.


If you wish further information about Make it in Scotland please contact Dorothy Stewart, Enterprise in Education Adviser, Careers Scotland Centre, Musselburgh


T: 0131 653 1032 (direct)/0131 665 3120 (centre)

Musselburgh Cluster Enterprise Event – Musselburgh Grammar School

All the P7 pupils in the Musselburgh Primary schools gathered at Musselburgh Grammar School on Thursday 22 February to take part in the first transition event of the year, to help them prepare for the move to secondary education in August.

The event was planned and organised by the schools’ Enterprise Co-ordinators and a group of P7 pupils, who represented all the schools. On the day the pupils, who were arranged in mixed school groups, were supported with their tasks by a very enthusiastic and helpful group of S3 and S4 pupils from the Grammar school. Working with the older pupils was a very good experience for the primary pupils.

The pupils engaged in three activities – a thinking skills task, an art activity and a problem solving task. While the activities were much enjoyed by the children, the emphasis was more on getting to know new people, working together in teams and building confidence about the move. Initially the children were all quite quiet and reserved but this did not last long and soon there was a happy, noisy buzz in the hall as everyone became more relaxed with each other.

Invited guests and some secondary school staff came along to support the event, in addition to the primary teachers and support staff who had accompanied the children, making it a good opportunity for the adults to get to know each other too.

At the end, everyone agreed that the event was a great success and much enjoyed by the pupils. As a transition event, it served its main purpose of going some way to helping prepare the children for this big change in their lives.

North Berwick Cluster get Enterprising

Last Thursday saw the annual enterprise transition event held at North Berwick High School.  This is the first of a number of events aimed at easing the transition process.  The main focus of the day is on enterprise and getting the children to work collaboratively in mixed teams from across the cluster.

The task was to design and make a set of picture frames which contained some original art work.  These were to be sellable and therefore marketed by each of the groups.  Attached to each group was a fourth year student who acted as a facilitator and was able to ofer support and advice to the children.  The support from these students was phenomenal and they really got involved in the task.

The children spent the first part of the morning designing their frames and allocating the various roles within the group.  They then got involved in making their frames and buying the products they needed using their vouchers from the shop.  A great deal of bargaining was done at this time.  Whilst they were making their products, the groups also had to be thinking about their presentations to the judges this afternoon.

The jugdes looked at the following criteria and were impressed with the standard of the groups.

  • Best Product
  • Best Stand
  • Best Presentation

The day itself was a huge success and the children themselves were able to establish a number of friendships at the same time as developing their enterprising skills.


CPD Opportunities

We have been looking at the CPD opportunities relating to Enterprise and wanted to flag up a few of the courses running this term.

APODO Training ECS 359a

Friday 26 January 20071.30pm – 4.00pm
Venue to be confirmed

Spaces are still available on the above course. This is an opportunity for you to use the APODO system and see how it can fit into the curriculum in your school. If any school is willing to host this course please let me know.

Enterprise Your Lesson ECS 370 a/b 22 January and 5 February 2007

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Prestonpans Education Centre

This new course is designed to allow staff the opportunity to explore what enterprising teaching and learning is and how they can use this in their classroom. There is a practical element to the course whereby you will be asked to prepare and teach a lesson in school and then comment on the strengths and weaknesses of this with your colleagues.

Leadership for an Enterprising Classroom ECS 318

27 February and 22 March 2007

9.15am – 4.00pm

Prestongrange Gothenburg, Prestonpans

This course is designed to foster leaders in relation to enterprising learning and teaching and therefore would be suitable for all coordinators in order to build on the skills and attributes you already have. The aims of the course are:

· encourage the spirit of enterprising leadership

· create an enterprising approach within the classroom

· develop partnerships through enterprise within school and beyond

· share ideas, develop skills and strategies

· embrace the leadership role within the classroom in order to empower others to be enterprising

· be more confident in developing the 4 capacities in education (ACfE)

· be more confident in applying the processes of assessment (AifL)

. implement an enterprising approach in the classroom (DtS)

Enterprising Global Citizenship

22 February and 27 March 2007 9.15am – 4.00pm

Prestongrange Gothenburg, Prestonpans

This course allows delegates to explore how citizenship, enterprise and the international dimension can be brought together to provide a powerful and motivating classroom learning experience for all young people.

For both Enterprising Global Citizens and Leadership for an Enterprising Classroom, staff cover costs will be paid for. For any additional information, please contact myself and I will be happy to discuss this. As always please register your bookings through the staff development email (

CPD Update

Each school cluster has an APODO system which they have access to.  The staff development team have organised two dates where staff are shown how to use this resource.  Further details on the APODO system can be found at .  The courses are running on 26 January and 2 February.  The first date is being hosted at North Berwick High School.  Bookings should be made in the usual way.

Business Breakfast – Quayside Musselburgh

Businesses across East Lothian are invited to attend our Business Breakfast being held at the Quayside in Musselburgh on Wednesday 17 January 2007 from 8.30am to 10.00am.

The event will allow you to network with other businesses but will also allow you to find out more about the benefits of businesses and education linking together to help our young people.

Should you wish to come along and see what this is all about, please drop me an email at  or call 01620 827872.  The programme for the day is attached below.