Assessing Enterprise Capability: Guidance for schools

Thomas Spielhofer, Sarah Lynch

01 December 2008

This guidance document is based on the findings of a research study carried out by the NFER on behalf of the DCSF (working with QCA, SSAT and Ofsted) between August 2006 and December 2007. The research team initially contacted 55 schools to find out whether they had adopted or were planning to adopt any approaches to assessing enterprise capability – 37 of these schools were visited in the 2006 autumn term. Most of these were Business and Enterprise (BEC) specialist schools (including one BEC for students with moderate learning difficulties), but the sample also included six schools with other specialisms. Nine schools were visited a second time in the 2007 autumn term to explore the assessment approaches adopted by them. The visits were used to construct the six case studies presented in this guide via individual interviews and group discussions with 37 school staff and 83 students.