UpSchool - Wade Institute


UpSchool Teacher Workshops give K-12 educators the skills, experience, and confidence to teach entrepreneurship to students, across all levels. 

Through our proven experiential learning model, participants engage first-hand with material essential to supporting Australia’s next generation of thinkers, doers and creative problem solvers.

Unlike traditional professional development programs, UpSchool Workshop is intense and immersive. You will experience as a student the methods and processes involved in building a sustainable business, before jumping back into the shoes of a teacher to gain actionable implementation strategies.

Past participants have found that attending with one or more colleagues is most effective in implementation back at the school.

The UpSchool curriculum is mapped to the AITSL Australian Professional Teachers Standards, the Australian Curriculum and the Victorian Curriculum.

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Program delivery: 3-day intensive delivered in-person, with ongoing professional development and alumni events post-program

2023 program dates:

9am – 5pm, Thu 7 – Sat 9 Sep 2023 (10% off early-bird rate ends 13 Jul)
For course dates prior to the September intake, please submit an enquiry.

Delivered by: Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship, Ormond College – Melbourne, Australia

Investment: $1500 (+GST) per person including tuition, learning materials and meals during the program.

A 20% reduced rate of $1250 (+GST) per person applies for groups of 3 or more


“It’s good to feel uncomfortable, good to feel pushed outside of your comfort zone. It means that you can then rethink and reshape the way you teach, and how you approach those questions with the students. Because you know how you felt when you did it. And I think it’s always good to come at learning from a learner’s point of view.”

Kyi Muller  – Haileybury College (UpSchool K-12 Workshop 2019)


A deeper understanding of the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship.

Access to Australia’s most innovative entrepreneurial network for continued learning and support.

Experience first-hand the steps of building a sustainable business.

Resources and a takeaway toolkit of entrepreneurship exercises and activities.

Immersive and interactive experience to accelerate learning, innovation and connection.

Techniques for incorporating entrepreneurial thinking across a range of disciplines.

Embedding entrepreneurial culture in schools

Brighton Grammar School has translated Wade Institute’s approach to entrepreneurship to its Year 9 classrooms.

Attending UpSchool K-12 professional development program in 2019 helped commerce teacher Kogulan Sabaratnam and Jamie Watson, Head of Creative Design and Technology, refine their programs, and consider the next steps for entrepreneurship education at the school.


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“It was the practical learning that was particularly inspiring. I think hands-on learning is absolutely essential for teachers, and nothing compares to putting yourself in your student’s shoes. My group pitched a travel program. It gave me lots of ideas for how we could cherry pick parts of the UpSchool program and develop it to suit our school.”

Karyn Murray, Strathcona Girls Grammar


Who is this course best suited to?

– K-12 educators across all disciplines who are enthusiastic about incorporating entrepreneurship into their classrooms and institutions

– Educators currently teaching entrepreneurship or enterprise who would like to further develop their skills in the area

– Those supporting educators, including program managers, heads of centres, others in education management and design, and leadership positions

Do you accept applicants from outside of Victoria?

Applications are open to all Australian residents. Limited onsite accommodation is available for interstate participants at an additional cost.

Who are the teachers/faculty and what are the class sizes?

The workshop is facilitated by experts in entrepreneurship education from Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship. You will have additional access to entrepreneurs and mentors to accelerate your learning during the program. UpSchool Workshop sizes range from 30 – 40. The program cohort has been kept deliberately small to facilitate optimal discussion and collaboration.

What’s the application process? How will you select the participants?

All applications are to be made online. Participants will be selected based on their suitability to the program and to create a diverse cohort of participants. You will be notified of your application outcome shortly after submission.

I’ll be unable to attend one of the days/sessions, how will I make this up?

Exposure and interaction with facilitators and fellow participants is a vital component of this program and so it is strongly encouraged that you attend the program in its entirety. If you are unable to attend any of the program, please let us know as soon as possible so we can try and accommodate you.

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