Why Primary School?
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What does JEP cost? Who pays?
The Junior Entrepreneur Programme is available free of charge to every primary school in every county on the island of Ireland. The programme is supported by programme partners Enterprise Ireland and Tweak.com and media partner RTÉ. Our key objective is to ensure that every primary school pupil in Ireland has the opportunity to access to entrepreneurial learning.
An Academically Approved Approach
JEP has been developed in collaboration with Mary Immaculate College of Education in Limerick. The programme materials have also been reviewed and welcomed by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). Every step of the programme mirrors strands of the primary curriculum and the links are clearly set out in the Teacher’s Guide. This means the pupils are learning new life skills while covering their core subjects in a fun and engaging way.
How To Get Involved
Registration for the 2022/2023 Junior Entrepreneur Programme is now closed.
The Support You’ll have
JEP Classroom Kit
THE JEP CLASSROOM KIT IS AVAILABLE IN A NUMBER OF LOCALISED EDITIONS;
- English Language
- Irish Language
Curriculum links for Northern Ireland and the UK are available on the Teacher Portal.
Kits are provided to participating classes following sign-up.
JEP Teacher Orientation
What are the learning benefits?
This innovative programme helps participating pupils to develop a number of skills including presentation, literacy, writing, drawing, technology, financial skills, consumer awareness, storytelling, listening skills, creative thinking, problem-solving, collaborative skills and team work. Participating pupils engage in real-life applications of their mathematical skills as they undertake data collection, problem solving, and presentation of data and profit and loss. The JEP programme is most closely aligned with English, Mathematics and Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE/PSHE) Curriculum in Ireland and the Personal Development & Mutual Understanding (PD&MU) in Northern Ireland, encouraging children to make decisions, negotiate, resolve conflict and connect with the wider world. Depending on the focus of the project, there may also be a strong focus on Arts Education, History, Geography or Science. There is also potential to link with Physical Education through the team building games. JEP instills a new interest and focus on learning and teaches invaluable skills in a real-life context that motivates and inspires the pupils.
Teacher and Pupil Recognition
Teachers who complete the JEP online orientation and deliver JEP in the classroom are awarded a certificate in recognition of their achievement. Pupils who complete the programme receive a certificate of achievement. Schools receive the JEP flag to proudly signal their entrepreneurial activity to the community. When a class completes the programme and submits their project, they receive JEP teacher and pupils certificates and a wall plaque to recognise their achievements. Classes may also enter the JEP Awards at the end of the programme.
at the heart of the Irish economy
Entrepreneurs are at the economic heart of Irish society. They conceive creative products and services used by customers at home and all over the world. They create employment, wealth, and are big contributors to the national exchequer.
They’re not always running multi-national companies. Some are people who’ve chosen to work for themselves and have a lifestyle which is independent of an employer. A self-employed person makes a significant contribution to the economy – and to society.
Entrepreneurs have become applauded in Irish society as their passion, inspiration and hard work are celebrated in programmes like the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den.
There is no clear formula to becoming an entrepreneur – except perhaps inspiration, hard work and competence – and sometimes getting thrown in the deep end, but there are learned skills that help make the process a bit less risky.
Most entrepreneurs enjoy a challenge. These are the people who say “why not?” and often end up changing the way we all do things in our everyday lives.
It’s natural that we would want to nurture this spirit in our young people. And what better place to start than in primary school – long before exam pressures have begun.
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