In the Business department we aim to embed the whole school's curriculum intent, through and beyond our curriculum. We do these in line with the three principles across the school. Globally Diverse, Ambitious for the Future and Inquisitive Learners.
|Globally Diverse||Ambitious for the Future||Inquisitive Learners|
KES Business students...
● Are principled, ethical and are both domestically and globally minded.
● Are aware of current affairs and understand the national and
international Business and
● Are open-minded and
appreciate feedback both
positive and negative.
● Take pride in themselves and constantly exhibit a culture and mind-set of success and
achievement for all.
KES Business students...
KES Business students...
● Take opportunities to learn and participate outside of lessons
● To ask questions and to seek answers
● Have high aspirations and are exposed to aim for career opportunities at the top level.
● Constantly develop their Business specific vocabulary and frequently work out what new words mean
● Develop skills and capital outside the classroom by running internal projects and engaging in external events and competition.
● Take pride in their work and respond well to feedback in order to always achieve their full potential.
● Apply the ethos of success/ achievement and marginal gains to every aspect of their professional and personal lives.
In key stage 4 students can choose to study BTEC Tech Award in Business and Enterprise as part of their option. The curriculum starts to introduce and develop subject specific terminology, this is enforced by the use of a key term bibliography as well as a key equations sheet for students to refer back to. Where possible students are exposed to real life Businesses and scenarios so that they can apply theoretical understanding in a vocational context, preparing them for the world of work. We utilise expertise and real life experience within the department in order to do this.
Throughout KS4 a variety of assessment opportunities are provided including word processed coursework, a finance based exam, presentations and self reflections. This provides students with the opportunity to develop IB attitudes such as resilience as well as improving their literacy both numerically and digitally. Prior to COVID, opportunities for external speakers were numerous, sourcing contacts from local Business to help support delivery of the course. The assessment methodology used at KS4 is varied and builds a range of skills as well as knowledge, ranging from formal reports (literacy), presentations (communication), self reflections (self awareness), event management (teamwork and communication), employability skills and observations of practical skills etc. By using a variety of techniques students are not only assessed through content but the soft skills (oracy, literacy)developed as part of the course. The varied assessment methodology also develops digital literacy, students become comfortable presenting information in a variety of formats.
The course lends itself to either employment/apprenticeships or further education at sixth form or college, where a true mixture of academic and vocational learning has been delivered. The content delivered covers a range of fundamental business concepts that provide a solid grounding for FE as well as developing skills required in the workplace. The Business department regularly conducts curriculum content reviews and linking current affair articles to learning. Identifying parts of the curriculum content that feel natural to engage. - open mindedness and mindset of success comes a lot from assessment and feedback. Responding meaningfully to feedback as well as a collaborative approach to Q and A. Start basic and develop, students form an answer collaboratively. Regular whole class modelling and exemplar. - Case studies of success from different backgrounds. We regularly encourage students to feedback on their own work and develop answers in a collaborative manner.
In key stage 5 students can study BTEC National Extended Diploma or Diploma in Business are the career- related qualification as part of the IBCP. The curriculum is set up to be as broad as possible, giving students the opportunity to develop a range of practical skills such as managing events, gaining work experience and applying for jobs. The course blends this vocational learning with theoretical units designed to provide a solid grounding for Higher Education Due to the nature of the course, students' digital literacy is pushed. Students have to produce assignments on a range of software applications, as well as conducting extensive research to link their theoretical learning to real life Business context. The assessment methodology used at key stage 5 is varied and builds a range of skills as well as knowledge, ranging from formal reports (literacy), presentations (communication), self reflections (self awareness), event management (teamwork and communication) , work experience (employability skills) and observations of practical skills etc. By using a variety of techniques students are not only assessed through content but the soft skills (oracy, literacy)developed as part of the course. . The content delivered covers a range of fundamental business concepts that provide a solid grounding for higher education as well as developing skills required in the workplace.