Government urged to back social entrepreneurship in schools

Government urged to back social entrepreneurship in schools

The Government should develop programmes of support to help embed a culture of social entrepreneurship in schools and colleges.

This was one of the recommendations to emerge from a recent UnLtd Social Futures event which explored the challenges and opportunities for inspiring and supporting more young people to participate in enterprise and social entrepreneurship activities in schools, colleges, and universities, as well as outside of formal education.

Social Futures is UnLtd’s policy space for collaboratively exploring key themes affecting social entrepreneurs. As part of our Living It campaign, celebrating and showcasing young social entrepreneurs, Social Futures provides the opportunity for young people to have their say on the issues that impact on their lives and directly influence relevant policy agendas.

The event at Google Campus in London on 13 March focused on the future of enterprise and social entrepreneurship education. It gave young people an opportunity to inform and shape policy recommendations to ensure enterprise and social entrepreneurship is open to new entrants at all ages and stages of people’s lives.


Young people from all over the UK – and from different backgrounds and education levels – took part in the event which collaborated with and supported a current review of enterprise education being carried out by former Government minister and entrepreneur Lord Young, who is one of the current Prime Minister’s enterprise advisers.

The participants were divided into four break-out groups – schools, colleges, universities and informal education – reflecting the different work-streams of Lord Young’s review. The groups then explored relevant opportunities and drew up a list of key policy asks and recommendations for the specific audiences of the government, the business community and educational institutions.

All of the policy asks and recommendations from the participants have been submitted directly to Lord Young as part of his open consultation and review into enterprise education.

UnLtd is exploring how social entrepreneurship education can be integrated seamlessly across different institutions and subject disciplines, and embedded within real world experiences through learning by doing.

For the full list of policy asks and recommendations, see our report on the Social Futures event. [PDF file]


Images: Above: Lord Young at the Social Futures event. Top image: participants in Number 10’s “The Fiver Challenge”, a scheme launched on the same day Lord Young announced a review of enterprise activities in education. (Copyright: Crown, used under Creative Commons.)


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