The Bridge Education Center in Eastleigh learns new Ofsted rating

The Bridge Education Centre, a pupil referral unit in Eastleigh, had a visit from Ofsted inspectors on February 20, 2024.

A pupil referral unit is a school that caters for children who need more support than a mainstream school can provide.

Daily Echo: The Bridge Education Center in EastleighThe Bridge Education Center in Eastleigh (Image: NQ)

In the report, inspectors credited the staff for their ability to form trusting relationships with students by listening to them and understanding individual needs.

The inspector wrote in the report: “Everyone shares the same relentless dedication to supporting pupils to get the most out of their time here.

“Pupils get personalized support through well-being lessons, mentoring or counselling. This helps them to develop strategies to take responsibility for their own behavior.”

The inspector wrote that the school’s work to support pupils’ personal development is “remarkable” and that pupils are eager to attend the school.

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It is also highlighted that the school makes great efforts to understand individual needs but said that “there is some further sharpening of initial assessments needed, particularly around reading”.

The report continued: “This work is now beginning to ensure that any gaps in literacy

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Almost one third of university students worldwide report that they plan to become entrepreneurs within five years of graduation, according to a 2021 survey of 267,000 students in 58 countries.

That’s no surprise. Demand for entrepreneurship education internationally spiked by 66% in 2020, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business reported. But even given strong interest from students, the model for educating entrepreneurs at universities is overdue for an update. The biggest reason: entrepreneurship is still often narrowly defined only as the creation of a new venture and therefore remains accessible to only a few.

A February 2023 roundtable discussion concluded that universities have an important opportunity to refocus entrepreneurship education as a global mindset or skillset that can be taught.

The symposium – organized by Lehigh University, Lehigh@NasdaqCenter, the University Alliance Ruhr (representing three German universities) and the German Center for Research and Innovation in San Francisco, the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers – explored how best to cultivate public-private partnerships.

Such collaborations among universities, industry and governments are designed to spur long-needed innovation in entrepreneurship education on a global scale.

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