Intent (Aims and purpose)
At RCS we aim to create the very best Business Studies students. The aim of the Business Studies curriculum is to equip students with the appropriate knowledge and skills needed to develop their employability and identify business problems and opportunities. We do this by quality first teaching which ensures students understand underlying Business theory which students apply to a variety of familiar and unfamiliar case studies. We want students to be able to think analytically, reach logical conclusions based on data, and make judgements on future changes to markets and the economy.
Our curriculum at RCS goes far beyond what is taught in lessons, for whilst we want students to achieve the very best examination results possible, we believe our curriculum goes beyond what is examinable through offering trips within the UK and abroad and guest speaker events hosted in school and via online platforms. The curriculum is designed to give them life skills, entrepreneurial competencies and the ability to make effective decisions and problem solving both as consumers and prospective workforce.
Students are constantly challenged to work collaboratively and think independently when engaging in all lessons and class discussions. Through teacher modelling, we encourage our students to demonstrate manners, respect and tolerance in Business Studies lessons. This allows students to express themselves in a confident manner.
Lesson materials are engaging to promote topical discussion and encourage students to develop an enquiring mind. As a knowledge based curriculum we believe that knowledge underpins and enables the application of skills; both are entwined. Content is delivered to students and then built upon through a variety of practice questions, with regular quality feedback being given to support student progress. The knowledge acquired then allows students to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills.
Our students are constantly introduced to a wide variety of viewpoints from some of the most influential entrepreneurs throughout history. We investigate the impact that their work has had on the world we live in and students are encouraged to make links between their studies and real life examples. Students undertake this whilst developing an increased understanding into current events happening globally.
The students are given the unique opportunity to begin to learn Business concepts from KS3 and build on this knowledge until they choose their KS4 option subjects. Thus students are able to make informed decisions regarding their educational pathway and learn how businesses operate, motivate and are successful from concept to trading.
The course is divided into two themes. During the first theme, students discover entrepreneurial aspects of small businesses. Students investigate enterprise and entrepreneurship, how to spot business opportunities and putting business ideas together. They also explore the effectiveness and feasibility of their business ideas and the impact of external influences on a business. Theme two focuses on how to build and grow a business. Students unearth how to make marketing, product, financial and human resource decisions. The curriculum is not only intended to challenge and stretch all our students to achieve their best academically, but also to motivate them to develop transferable positive work ethics which can be beneficial to them in the future.
Collaborative, detailed and thorough curriculum planning lies at the heart of what we do in the department. We are committed to a three-year plan of developing our schemes of work. We use all available resources and teaching strategies to ensure that students have a comprehensive knowledge of the specifications and are capable of going beyond what is taught in lessons. Techniques to help develop long-term memory and help students master subject content are embedded in the curriculum. These are focused on embedding challenge, metacognition, memory techniques, numeracy and literacy into our departmental curriculum. To complement the schemes of work, students also engage in Business Studies by experiencing lessons with experienced practitioners across the department. These activities allow students to gain valuable insight into the subject and the demands of the examination.
In Business Studies we also implement our curriculum through using a variety of teaching strategies and kinaesthetic tasks as well as more traditional skills practice. All staff in the department make full use of the Google applications for education and all students use this to access the departmental resources both in lessons and remotely.
We know our curriculum is working in the Business Studies department as examination results are consistently above the national average. The quality of teaching and learning in Business has been praised during learning walks by both external and internal observers. The engagement of students in the department can be observed in lessons and recorded in Student Voice. The number of students choosing to study Business Studies at GCSE are very high and a number of our students go on to study the subjects further at college and university. More importantly, students frequently express their enjoyment of Business Studies, the quality of teaching they have received and their appreciation of the knowledge and study skills they have gained from the department.