Critical success factors for teacher training activities are…
- Leadership & Support policies: a common understanding of entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial learning as well as a clear commitment from the school management is key (e.g. entrepreneurship education being part of school plans, active support from Head Teacher etc.). Teachers using these skills and approaches need to be recognised, and their experience needs to be promoted and used to engage others.
- Possibility of personalised/adapted training: The content and format of the training sessions play a crucial factor. Learning by practical experience through participation in activities and practical examples of methods and tools need to be introduced to the teachers. During the training, the teachers have to acquire the skills required to adapt and implement entrepreneurship education activities across any subject and academic level.
- Long term sustainability: Entrepreneurial methods and entrepreneurship education should be covered in the initial teacher training. It is important to offer regular and advanced training on the topic as part of teachers’ continuing professional development (CDP). In addition, the possibility of networking, sharing best practices and getting advice from others is of high value and makes the effort sustainable.
- Impact measured by evaluation: teacher training activities have to be evaluated in order that their content can be improved where necessary and their relevance maintained for participants.