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Education for Enterprise

Education for enterprise.

Education for Enterprise (E4E) is about promoting an approach to learning – one that is real, relevant, and gives students responsibility for their learning. In this section, find out more about why an enterprising approach to learning could benefit your students, and how to develop an E4E approach in your school.

E4E in action

This section includes digital stories and text-based stories (snapshots) about how education for enterprise is being incorporated into school programmes at primary and secondary level. These stories illustrate the way careful preparation and planning can build purposeful relationships between businesses, local communities, and schools.


Alfriston College

When Alfriston College in Manurewa, Auckland, opened its doors in 2004, the year-9 teachers decided to establish their programmes around conceptual themes.

Alfriston School

Years 4 and 5 at Alfriston School undertook a number of Education for Enterprise (E4E) projects. These included a Grandparents Day, Spider Expo, Crimebusters (to improve the security of the school), and a unit on "beanies" (adding them to the school uniform). 

Arowhenua Māori School

Students at Arowhenua Māori School are now familiar with working with their local community and being in charge of an entire event.

Clayton Park School

The year 3 – 4 class at Clayton Park School built a community of learners by exploring ways for children to be more in control of their learning. 

Kai Iwi School

The year 4, 5, and 6 class of Kai Iwi designed a fitness trail for their school.

Lauriston School

The development of an enterprising culture at Lauriston School moved from a single unit of learning, where specific economic terminology was used and integrated into other areas, to become a fully integrated model.

Linwood College

Linwood College, Christchurch, has actively developed partnerships with the community and got involved in enterprise education to help change the perception of the school.

Northland College

Northland College, a small rural, co-educational secondary school with 440 students in the heart of the Far North developed enterprising employment and training opportunities through the Trades and Enterprise School.

Onehunga High School

Onehunga High School has a reputation for being enterprising and progressive, including a separate Business School and a Building and Construction School.

Whanganui Girls' College

Whanganui Girls' College applied an enterprising approach to an annual school tradition – the school magazine. 

Whangarei Girls' High School

Whangarei Girls’ High School believes taking an Education for Enterprise approach to learning begins at the strategic level. Identifying the values and school culture you want to develop, and having specific goals for the development of an enterprise culture within these, are the first steps. 

Digital stories

Lyall Bay School radio station

A radio station project provided an engaging, real-life context for students to develop enterprising attributes.

Embedding enterprise in the curriculum

Kerikeri High School Enterprise Co-ordinator, Chris Bell, talks about engaging with real-life projects that give students meaningful learning experiences and involve the community.

Vision and values through E4E

During a curriculum review, Whangarei Girls' High School identified a range of skills and values it wanted its students to have. Education for Enterprise provided the model to implement these skills and values.

A whole-school E4E project

In 2008, Waimea College undertook a huge education for enterprise challenge where 300 students engaged in a two day learning episode to create something innovative. 

Published on: 16 Feb 2015