The study of business, marketing and enterprise, economics and finance incorporates a variety of real-life contexts. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing modern world. It explains how businesses work, what policies governments can use to help the economy and how people and can make informed financial choices and have sustainable individual finances. Our curriculums provide examples from business, economics and finance to develop students’ understanding of concepts and theories that broaden and deepen their knowledge of different areas of business, marketing and enterprise, finance and economics. It develops their knowledge and understanding of the external influences that impact how a business operates in a local, national and global context. Students learn to think critically and use diagrams and technologies, to obtain, present and analyse information.
“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”
– Steve Jobs
Throughout our curriculums we approach lessons through enquiry to encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Case studies and real-life examples is an essential element of this, ensuring our curriculum is modern and engaging. The role of business in the world often allows us to explore British values and broaden students’ understanding of the global context.
Providing active and engaging learning opportunities is central to our thinking, as students develop the verbal and teamwork skills and a ‘can-do’ attitude that are often the key to success within business. Students also become more independent through metacognitive strategies and retrieval strategies. Our curriculum also facilitates the development of students’ literacy and numeracy skills and motivates them to develop transferable positive work ethics which can be beneficial to them in the future.
Our curriculum helps students explore their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people. This helps students become effective employees and employers as they better understand the positive role they can play in the world. Our ambition is that many of our students will choose to study business, economics and finance courses beyond key stage4 and 5 and pursue future careers linked to the subjects we offer.