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Welcome to this first newsletter from PEAT-EU! This newsletter wants to keep you updated on the progress made and engage with you in conversation on practical entrepreneurial assessment tools. We will be emailing this newsletter following the PEAT-EU meetings. The next one in scheduled for March 2017. Your are receiving this newsletter because you have been identified as influencer on entrepreneurial assessment. To stay up-to-date with our work and find interesting links related to assessment methods, also follow us on Twitter @PEAT_EU - our website will launch soon!

About PEAT-EU

PEAT-EU (Practical Entrepreneurial Assessment Tool for Europe) is a Erasmus+ project under key action 2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices and especially the Strategic Partnerships in the field of Education, Training and Youth.

Six partners work on PEAT-EU in four countries - Iceland, Spain, Sweden and the UK - on developing practical assessment methods for Entrepreneurship Education (EE). The majority of partners have previously worked together on different European projects developing EE at different school levels and in different contexts.

With this project, we aim to gather knowledge and experience to develop a model of progression for assessment in Entrepreneurship Education across school levels. We believe that practical and easy-to-use assessment methods help to enhance students’ learning in EE and support the quality of education and outcomes in European contexts. Research shows that teachers in EE have difficulties to identify entrepreneurial students and the Eurydice report (2016) acknowledges that assessment remains a challenge. To this end, we want to collect quality assessment methods - they can inform not just learners and teachers but also administrators, policy makers and society including parents and work-life.

Assessment in EE is a challenging area of work, involving skills and real world connections that are not easily evaluated. Traditional assessment of student learning has been focused on hard and measurable and comparable outcomes, at the expense of contextualized learning that is suited for entrepreneurial education. Therefore teachers need support with their practice in EE in various ways. One important way is by having access to flexible, practical and academically-robust assessment tools.

The basic training and emphasis in EE promotes creativity and action (entrepreneurship). Through evaluation methods that are focused on competences, learners can be supported to understand their own potential for creative thought and action, and those teaching and facilitating can maximize their own effectiveness in aiding learner progress and thus provide a picture of impact. PEAT-EU will build on and develop results from earlier European projects and on the expertise of the partners. PEAT-EU draws, among other, on the work developed by the ASTEE project (Assessment Tools and Indicators for Entrepreneurship Education) and on the innovative work being carried out by the European Commission through the centralized development of EntreComp by DG Employment and the Commission's Joint Research Centre. The focus of PEAT-EU will be placed on a broad suite of practical assessment tools for classroom use.

The project runs from September 2016 to August 2018.

The project team

PEAT-EU Kick-Off Meeting in Swansea

On 13-14 October, the kick-off meeting of PEAT-EU took place in Swansea. Led by staff from the hosting university, University of Wales Trinity St. David, it set the scene for the project by introducing the partners to each other and defining the scope of the project in detail.

Through focussed introductions, the project partners learnt not just which specialised knowledge each partner brings to the table, but also understod that they are aligned in supporting entrepreneurial learning not only because it brings economic gains but because it develops the young and improves their futures. One of the initial discussion focussed on measuring assessment and it was concluded that the project would not measure standards but focus on progress, i.e. the distance travelled in every learner’s learning journey.

The meeting also set out to clarify the scope of the project. At first, all partners brainstormed on the questions whom they want to engage, which existing tools to assess entrepreneurial education already exist, and which tools could be developed. Then then funnelled the collection of ideas and defined exactly what to do and defined and which topics or ideas are affordable loss.

Over the course of the two days, the project team also heard from three local schools who are very engaged in entrepreneurial learning and who told of their work in entrepreneurial education and which successes they have seen.

One of the first steps for PEAT-EU will be the launch of a website and the development of a glossary to support common understanding of often used terms.
"Entrepreneurial skills are essential for the young adult of today to become valuable members of their community, school and workplace. A user friendly and effective tool to assess, monitor and track these skills, will provide educators with the information they need to ensure the young adults are prepared for the world of tomorrow as well as today."

Chris John, Welsh Baccalaureate Coordinator, Pentrehafod School Swansea
"We hope that PEAT-EU will provide us with an overview of progression and continuum in EE and practical assessment methods that do justice to the complex nature of EE. And we are confident that the results will not only be useful for us but also for educators working with EE on any school level, by informing learners, teachers and other stakeholders."

Svanborg R. Jónsdóttir, Project Coordinator

EntreComp: From a reference framework to educational practice in entrepreneurial learning 

Margherita Bacigalupo, Research Fellow at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Europe needs its citizens to be entrepreneurial in all walks of life, to be able to cope with the changes that the XXI century is bringing about. Helping citizens grow their entrepreneurship competence is among the priorities of the European Commission in the area of skills development. The Entrepreneurship Competence framework (EntreComp) is one of the tangible outputs of the effort the Commission is devoting in this area. Developed by the JRC on behalf of DG Employment, Skills, Social affairs and Inclusion, the framework defines, describes and clarifies what the constituting elements of entrepreneurship as a competence are, as DigComp does for digital competence.

EntreComp adopts a broad definition of entrepreneurship, as the capacity to act upon opportunities and ideas and transform them into value for others, value that can be financial, cultural, or social. The framework breaks down this definition into 3 competence areas (Ideas and opportunities, Resources, Into Action), each being made up by 5 competences. An overview table shows at a glance how each competence develops at foundation, intermediate and advanced level. The full framework further describes a progression model with 8 levels of proficiency and establishes 442 reference learning outcomes. These state what the learners should be able to do per each competence depending on how proficient they are expected to be.

EntreComp has been designed as a reference framework – it is neither a curriculum, nor a programme and therefore it cannot be directly applied into educational practices. Public authorities, third sector organisations and private actors in Europe seeking to improve their guidance, education, training and mentoring services for young people and job seekers, to further an entrepreneurial mind-set among citizens can freely use it as reference to tailor their interventions to specific needs. Learning activities have to be designed to embed the 15 EntreComp competences, and if these need to be certified, assessment methods have to be selected.

Assessing somebody's capacity to act upon opportunities and ideas and transform them into value for others is indeed a burning challenge. The JRC is working to design self-assessment tools for youngsters to reflect on their own entrepreneurial competence. Also, under the Erasmus+ programme, the Commission is funding an international cooperation action (this PEAT-EU project) to make advancements in assessing entrepreneurial learning. PEAT-EU brings together a pool of partners with extensive experience in entrepreneurship education and will work for two years to define what strategies, methods and tools can be used to assess learners' progression in the development of entrepreneurship as a competence. PEAT-EU findings will help define how educators can select the most appropriate assessment strategy to cover the three competences areas described in the EntreComp, in primary, secondary and VET education. On this basis, guidelines can be developed on how to assess entrepreneurship as a competence. These in turn will be a driver for making entrepreneurial learning a reality in Education and Training systems across Europe.
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What's next?

Q1 2017 - Launch of the PEAT-EU website
March 2017 - Second PEAT-EU meeting

Project partners

University of Iceland, School of Education (coordinator)
VALNALON, Spain
University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK,
Me Analytics AB, Sweden
Calasanz Santurtzi S.L., Spain
INNOENT: RG Menntaráðgjöf SLF (with Bantani Education), Iceland
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