Since 2003 Treviglas has been a Business and Enterprise College. But what does this mean? For most, the words Business and Enterprise conjure up images of dynamic entrepreneurs and popular ‘venture capitalist TV programmes’.
Treviglas teacher demos surf lesson with primary school students
Whilst numerous opportunities exist for students to develop their business acumen and unleash the hidden entrepreneur which may lie beneath (see the breath of business programmes available), the specialism is actually about equipping young people with the necessary attitudes and skills to cope with the current demands of modern day living both in and out of the labour market.
Treviglas understands that qualifications are only half the story. Students are greeted with an ethos when they join the college which remains consistent and clear for their whole stay. Enterprise learning is about raising the self-esteem and aspirations of students. It is also about managing risk so students do not feel fearful of change and respond positively to it. The world is changing, far quicker than it ever has, and we must be preparing student accordingly so they are adaptable and responsive to this change. The college cites a can-do attitude, a belief that failure is a critical part of learning and that being able to bounce back is absolutely critical for progression. Enterprise is about developing these attitudes in our learners so they can attain the skills necessary to be successful and confident for their futures. These skills include problem solving, the ability to work independently and reflect, teamwork and creativity.
Music students get a visit during challenge week
How do we achieve this? There is certainly no quick fix. Often we need to change and challenge the perspectives of our learners. A consistent approach of engaging and challenging lessons is certainly an important part of the recipe where sessions are habitually molded around problem solving, teamwork and evaluation.
This diet, over time, improves students’ self esteem, drive and determination. Another important factor is the diversity of the curriculum which Treviglas offers. This allows students to personalise their learning and pursue pathways which ordinarily may not be open to them. In addition to this, the pastoral support offered at Treviglas allows students to develop with confidence both academically and in other areas.
Students learn about food preparation in our purpose built catering room
In summary, our specialism shapes the ethos of the college. Every lesson has an Enterprise focus and students expect this as they are fully aware of the importance of such a focus in their pursuit of success. In terms of results, we have made significant improvements year-on-year since we embraced our Enterprise culture and specialism validating the importance of our focused approach as a college. Our specialism is so much more than the words Business and Enterprise and stands as a constant reminder of why we are proud to operate in the way that we do. At Treviglas, learners come first and for this to happen Enterprise must be at the heart of everything we do.