“Enterprise skills will be key to future employment as artificial intelligence replaces workers.”

Aldridge Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Conference 2018

In his keynote speech to school leaders and governors from academy schools at the Aldridge Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Education Conference in London Sir Anthony Seldon challenged the education establishment:

“Our schools, our universities, our politicians and officials are preparing our students often brilliantly – for the 20th Century. We need to smell the silicon and hear the drumbeat of the future sounding ever louder in our ears.”

Our first Education Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Conference was staged at the Urban Innovation Centre, London, on November 28th 2018.

The conference aimed to inspire, engage and further knowledge of the essential role enterprise and entrepreneurship plays in equipping young people with the skills to thrive in their education, careers and adult lives. Governors, teachers and staff from the Aldridge family of academies, schools and colleges we joined by external guests fromBarclays Payment Solutions, The Peter Cundill Foundation, Akatemia CIC, The Growth Company Business Growth Hub, The University of the West of England, Bishop Grosseteste University and the London South East Education Group to hear from keynote speakers:

  • Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham
  • Professor Gurpreet Jagpal, Director of the Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Sir Rod Aldridge OBE, and
  • Liam Dargan, Service Designer at Future Cities Catapult, London.

Delegates also took part in workshops looking at best practice in embedding enterprise skills and entrepreneurship in teaching and learning; what enterprising and entrepreneurial school leadership looks like; and how to equip young people for success in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

You can read and see the keynote addresses; delve into the workshop discussions and the conclusions reached; and view the conference delegate resources, including interviews with current and former Aldridge students and further reading sources, on the Aldridge Foundation website.

Aldridge Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Conference 2018