Business is an interesting, relevant and challenging subject which gives students the opportunity to run their own business and learn about enterprise, the economy and the workings of a business in the twenty-first century. The business facilities include a specialist room complete with ICT facilities which enable students to access the best learning.
Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Business
At Key Stage 3, lessons tend to be practical in nature and focus on developing enterprise skills. Students use their creativity skills to design a new product and then develop a marketing mix for it. They try and win orders for their product from their peers whilst developing their sales skills. During the enterprise fair unit of work, students work in small groups to identify a product or service for their stall and produce a pitch to convince the ‘dragons’ that they should be granted a stall. They learn about business terms such as cost, profit and break-even and apply this understanding to their own businesses. Through these lessons students develop their self-confidence and organisational skills in preparation for further study of Business at GCSE or across the rest of the curriculum.
Business Department Staff
In Business, students study 0.5 hours per week in Year 7 and study 5 hours per fortnight in Years 10 and 11.
Students are assessed in a variety of ways in Business. In Year 7 they are assessed through a research project, an analytical piece of work and a business ‘pitch’ style presentation. Students are encouraged to evaluate their ideas and apply their understanding to their own business. As a result they develop a broad range of skills that challenge all abilities and allow for incremental progress through the year and through each unit of work. In Key Stage 4 assessment is through a piece of controlled assessment based on a real business problem and a final examination.