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Business: Education

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 6 June 2007 to the hon. Member for Banbury, Official Report, columns 625-26W, on business: education, (1) what factors have been taken into account in determining whether to proceed with a second round of Enterprise Summer School Pathfinders in 2008; (204635)

(2) what discussions officials in his Department have had on a second round of Enterprise Summer School Pathfinders to take place in 2008;

(3) what funding is available for a second round of Enterprise Summer School Pathfinders to take place in 2008;

(4) how many of the nine recommendations made following the evaluation of the School's Enterprise Education Network carried out by York Consultancy LLP in September 2007 have been (a) accepted and (b) implemented;

(5) what the cost was of the assessment of the Enterprise Summer School Pathfinders conducted by Oxford University in 2006;

(6) what the cost was of the evaluation of the School's Enterprise Education Network carried out by York Consultancy LLP in September 2007.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has been working with partners to develop a second pilot enterprise summer schools programme, within the ‘Young Chambers’ (YCs) initiative launched in 2007 as part of the enterprise education strategy. Partners in YCs are the British Chambers of Commerce, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), the National Education Business Partnerships Network, and YCUK. The SSAT has invited all schools taking part in the Young Chamber programme to organise a ‘summer enterprise workshop’, offering support of £1,000 from allocated funds. The aim of the summer enterprise workshop is to give students a real experience of business—for example around entrepreneurship, setting up and running a business—using practical input from a local business or employer, and other relevant local partners. I am pleased to say that 25 schools have applied to date, and we hope that the number will rise to around 50.

We have taken account of the evaluation of the 2006 Young Enterprise summer schools, and the SSAT is sending a copy to all applicant schools to ensure that the positive lessons can be learned. That evaluation was commissioned by Young Enterprise and funded from within the allocation made to them for the summer schools. The evaluation of the Schools' Enterprise Education Network (SEEN) carried out by York Consultancy was commissioned by the SSAT and funded from within the allocation made to them for SEEN; the DCSF intends to issue an Invitation to Tender for the future management of SEEN, and in doing so will take account of the recommendations made. I shall write to the hon. Gentleman when I have details of the costs of the two evaluations.