Building Bridges - Enterprise Learning in the Middle Years

Building Bridges: Enterprise Learning in the Middle Years

The Building Bridges: Enterprise Learning in the Middle Years project (2005 2007) is an initiative of the Vocational Education in Schools and Curriculum K 12 Directorates of the NSW Department of Education and Training, funded by the Australian Government's Enterprise Learning for the 21st Century Initiative.

A total of 59 NSW government schools participated in the project, with students in Years 5 9 participating in enterprising projects primarily within the K 6 Science and Technology and Years 7 10 Technology (Mandatory) learning areas.

The project has been based upon a 'cascade' model in which the experiences of primary and secondary schools with enterprising projects have been utilised to further build and expand the model to other NSW government schools.

The project has been strongly informed and guided by the evidence gathered in preliminary action research conducted by Atelier Learning Solutions. A Reference Group of key enterprise learning stakeholders including representatives of peak industry bodies, parent groups, curriculum specialists, enterprise learning and transition experts and science and technology leaders has overseen the project.

Building Bridges has been described in Atelier's Evaluation Report as a '...flagship for enterprising learning' because of its ability to simultaneously achieve improved curriculum and enterprising outcomes.

Building Bridges provides a significant foundation for ongoing enterprising learning for NSW government school students, particularly in the middle years of schooling.

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