Craigfelen Primary School
School name: Craigfelen Primary School
Headteacher: Alison Williams
Number of pupils: 185
Craigfelen Primary School has received awards linked to its work around developing entrepreneurial skills for pupils from Welsh Government, including being National Enterprise Troopers Finalists.
In February 2016 the school reached the national final of the Enterprise Troopers in Cardiff.
They are the third successive team from the school to reach the finals.
Teams have developed a variety of business ideas including a bakery named ‘The Crust of Craigfelen’ and ‘Boom’, a chocolate making venture. This year the team introduced ‘Jeff Books’ a company that created and published a book for younger children.
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Headteacher Alison Williams said: “Pupils had to set up a display stand and be interviewed by judges. The pupils were a credit to our school and their business. They spoke clearly and really well to the judges, impressing them with their knowledge of enterprise.”
The school has also received recognition for it’s pupil led community cafe called ‘Graigos Cafe’ which offers breakfast to the community every Friday morning in the local community centre.
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The school also works closely with Gower College Swansea, University of Wales Trinity St Davids and Swansea University to develop partnership projects around entrepreneurialism.
Head teacher Alison Williams presented a workshop at a conference organised by European Commission’s Directorate Generals for Enterprise and Industry, and Education and Culture on the subject of Teachers and Entrepreneurship Education.
The event focused on Educating Teachers for Entrepreneurship with a particular focus on Continuing Professional Development of in-service teachers in Slovenia.
The presentation focused on how we can incorporate successful entrepreneurial projects into the current Welsh curriculum.
"It was very well received and put Swansea ‘on the map’ and showcased the way we are developing our provision to incorporate and embed entrepreneurial skills across the curriculum," said Alison.
Pupils from the school also presented at a recent Global Summit of Entrepreneurial Educators hosted by UWTSD which brought together a distinguished group of international experts in entrepreneurial education to engage in high-level discussions and to consider global perspectives that can or have impacted on policy-making.
The outcomes will inform international best practice in enterprise, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial teaching, learning and evaluation.
Craigfelen Primary school’s work has also been recognised and selected to take part in a European project that aims to share good practice in enterprise education across all sectors and levels.
As part of the project the school has created a series of case studies that educators who want to develop their curriculum but are new to the agenda can read and use as a guide to get them started.
The case studies will be shared across Europe which will result on our work being shared not just locally, regionally and nationally but internationally in a wide range of countries.
The school has received ‘green’ status for the past two-years under the National School Categorisation System which has created opportunities to lead school-to-school support led by the school’s ERW challenge advisor.
The school has also developed links with many other settings across the region.
It has also developed a system of demonstrating the impact of this school-to-school support which reflects the positive impact the school has had in other areas, such as developing entrepreneurial skills and assessment for learning strategies.