Social Enterprise is thriving at Bruntcliffe School

It’s always exciting to go back to a school to see how something that started off as a small project has grown into a huge success.

So going back to Bruntcliffe School today to see their Social Enterprise work in action was a real treat.

What started off with a couple of staff and a few pupils trying out ideas around social enterprise, has now grown into a thriving area of the school.

We saw young people building and painting fences, selling Mother’s Day and Easter cards – and the chickens that are kept in a coop on the site have just laid their first eggs!

In a dedicated new building, staff were fitting out further equipment that will allow young people to develop their construction skills. And there will also be a salon for young people learning about health and beauty treatments.

I congratulated the staff and head teacher Linda Johnson on how far this project has come. I think it’s crucial that we value our vocational teaching as we do our academic teaching. Preparing young people for the world of work, and equipping them with the skills they need to excel in a trade, is one of the most important things a teacher can do.

Over lunch I was able to talk through my views on some of these issues with the pupils that interviewed me for the school newspaper they are launching.

And earlier in the day I had chance to meet Emma, a Year 10 student at Bruntcliffe who is planning to do some work experience with me soon, in my constituency office and down in Westminster.

So thanks to all the staff and pupils that took time to show me around and talk to me at Bruntcliffe today.

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Posted March 12th, 2010 by Ed