Lack of entrepreneurial spirit 'could threaten economy'.

05 January 2017

Sir Anthony Seldon has warned over a lack of entrepreneurial spirit in the classroom
Sir Anthony Seldon has warned over a lack of entrepreneurial spirit in the classroom

The UK's future economic prosperity could be hampered by a lack of entrepreneurship education in schools, it has been suggested.

According to education expert Sir Anthony Seldon, a number of the country's schools do not provide the business skills which pupils now need in the world of work.

Sir Anthony, who was in charge of Wellington College in Berkshire from 2006 until 2015, said the country's "future prosperity is threatened" by a failure to encourage entrepreneurship in the classroom.

He commented: "If the economy is not to be blighted it is essential that schools take immediate action to teach skills and generate enthusiasm for an entrepreneurial approach to life."

The expert has now launched a new plan, designed to encourage schools to teach entrepreneurship.

While offering lessons in things like leadership and innovation, the plan suggests youngsters could be given the chance to pitch ideas in a Dragon's Den-style set-up within a school environment.

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