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Starting to develop an enterprising mindset whilst at primary school can help pupils prepare for the world of work and also bring about change within their school and community. This lesson highlights how a mix of skills, a positive mindset and perseverance can help someone to be more enterprising. Pupils will discover that it’s about more than just setting up a business or being self-employed, being enterprising is a valuable skill that can be applied in different settings.

Being enterprising is part of the Barclays LifeSkills suite of career-related learning activities for primary school pupils (ages 7-11 in P4-7 or years 3-6) to teach children about key skills for the workplace and provide the opportunity to explore a range of careers and industries. This lesson has a focus on a number of core transferable skills, if your class is younger or is new to the concept of these skills, we recommend starting by delivering activities from our Introduction to core transferable skills toolkit before moving on to this lesson. We have outlined in the lesson plan how activities can be differentiated depending on your class’s age and ability levels.

The Being enterprising lesson includes a film and practical activity to inspire pupils to look at things from a different angle to generate ideas. 


  • Being enterprising: Lesson plan – for use with a group of students in the classroom
  • Being enterprising: Presentation slides – to display to pupils and use alongside the lesson plan
  • Being enterprising: Pupil worksheet – to support completion of the lesson plan activities 

Key learning outcomes

By the end of this session, pupils will be able to:

  • Describe what it means to be enterprising
  • Identify the skills you might need to be enterprising
  • Explore how being creative helps to be enterprising


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