Social Enterprise in Education Awards 2013

Social Enterprise in Education Awards 2013
Social Enterprise Academy

What did school used to be like? Chalk boards, times tables and teacher telling you what to do? These schools are different. Powerful learning is taking place through running cafés, banks, garden centres, nail bars and shops – all led by pupils looking to change the world for the better.

From caring for the terminally ill, to fighting cancer and sorting out global warming along the way, nothing is too much of a challenge. How are they managing this? Through their entrepreneurial talent for social enterprise.

On Friday June 21st in Edinburgh, 25 schools celebrated their extraordinary entrepreneurial achievements at the Social Enterprise in Education Awards 2013.

The Awards, which are funded by the Scottish Government Third Sector Unit, was attended by over 200 teachers, pupils and supporters, including Mr John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth.

Mr Swinney said: The creativity and innovation that has been demonstrated today by our young people is consistently impressive.  Taking part in these awards helps them develop the skills and confidence they need to take these ideas and turn them into social enterprises, enhancing their work readiness which will help build the smarter, wealthier and fairer Scotland.

Established by the Social Enterprise Academy, which has been working with schools since 2008, the Awards recognise the team work, leadership, entrepreneurship and social impact of pupil-led businesses across Scotland which are helping change communities at home and abroad. Also fitting directly with the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence, the Awards are a great example of pupils learning by doing.

What does a school social enterprise look like?

Hill of Banchory Primary in Aberdeenshire has developed a close link with the Banchory Branch of Alzheimer’s Scotland, providing a relaxed café with refreshments and entertainment for older people. Pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 7 set up and now run the business. They plan and host the café, link with the school’s Cooking Club to make old fashioned sweets and socialise with their visitors.

Millie, a P6 pupil said: Our group of visitors get out from their houses. They enjoy singing songs they know and it shows people care about them. I really like making other people happy!"

Graeme High School in Falkirk set up “Guardian Angels” led by its S3 Art and Design pupils. The aim is to raise as much awareness and money for Strathcarron Hospice by selling unique, contemporary ceramic angels. Even though the enterprise is in its early stages, interest from buyers has been considerable, with a recent exhibition raising £200.

Teacher Miss Duguid said, It has been amazing to see the pupils take on the responsibilities and roles of the project.  They are all committed to making it a success and pass their skills on to others."

Pupil Emily Sharp said, It has been an honour taking part in the angel project.  You get a real sense of pride and achievement from making and selling them for charity."

After the Awards ceremony Gordon Merrylees from RBS presented the Social Enterprise Academy with a cheque for £50,000 to extend its reach to young people in the senior phase at school and to those already in further education.

This funding was provided through the RBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise Grant which aims to help 100,000 young people to explore enterprise, build their skills and start up and succeed in business.

Schools receiving awards this year:

All Saints Primary, Inverclyde
Armadale Primary, West Lothian
Bishopbriggs Academy, East Dunbartonshire
Bonhill Primary, West Dunbartonshire
Buchanan ASN School, Coatbridge
Clepington Primary, Dundee
Clydeview Academy, Inverclyde
Crosshouse Primary, South Lanarkshire
Dens Rd Primary, Dundee
Eigg Primary, Highland & Islands
Glebelands Primary, Dundee
Glenburn ASN School, Inverclyde
Graeme High School, Falkirk
Hill of Banchory Primary, Aberdeenshire
Hollybrook Academy ASN
Loch Primary, South Lanarkshire
Lourdes Secondary, Glasgow
Moffat Academy, Dumfries & Galloway
Morgan Academy, Dundee
Rimbleton Primary, Fife
St Albert’s Primary Glasgow
St Ambrose High School, Coatbridge
St Andrews, Renfrewshire
St Margaret’s Primary, Renfrewshire
St Oswald Secondary School, Glasgow
Wester Hailes Education Centre, Edinburgh