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Business and Enterprise

Business Studies and Enterprise curriculum statement  

Intent 

Business Studies and Enterprise students actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. Students use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, build arguments and make informed judgements. They develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts. They appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities and consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable. 

  

As such, the intent of the Business Studies and Enterprise curriculum is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their skills in numeracy, communication and IT as well as improving their study, presentation and research skills.  

The Business Studies and Enterprise curriculum will: 

  • encourage the development of the Academy’s values: wisdom, curiosity, generosity, courage and passion. 

  • ensure that pupils are challenged, engaged and motivated to be able: 

  • at a personal level, to develop increasing levels of self-worth and cultural capital 

  • at an economic level, to contribute to the increasingly complex world of work 

  • at a societal level, to play a meaningful role in their local, national and international communities. 

  • provide a coherent knowledge base that is appropriately powerful, transferable and intelligently sequenced, thereby enabling pupils to retain and recall knowledge, develop understanding and apply skills. 

  • provide a meaningful experience that can be used to build wider cultural capital and cognitive ability. 

  • celebrate pupil activities within and beyond formal timetabled arrangements that are memorable, inspiring and life-changing. 

Implementation 

To implement the intended curriculum, a number conceptual and organisational frameworks are used: 

  • Curriculum flightpaths identifies key knowledge and skills throughout KS4-5 

  • Departmental SOWs balance knowledge and skills, carefully building components to create composite learning  

  • Departmental curriculum review frameworks which supports the review of the curriculum offer and assessment practice. 

  • Maximising Learning provides a supportive framework for the wider development of effective pedagogical approaches. 

  • Language for Learning provides a framework to create and refine successful approaches to the teaching of Reading, Writing and Speaking.  

  • Maximising Effectiveness provides a suite of CPD opportunities for staff within the academy to further generate an enthusiasm for and enjoyment of their professional practice. 

Impact 

The department’s continued focus on the curriculum improves: 

  • the quality of education for all learners and groups of learners 

  • the personal development and well-being of learners 

  • the chances for pupils to move successfully onto the next stage of their lives. 

  • The cultural, economic and societal capital to become citizens of the world