Curriculum Statement: Business
'There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.' – Seth Godin
Powerful Knowledge in Business
Business is about empowering an individual to believe in their own initiative. An entrepreneur is not always the most academic student in the class but is the student that possesses the drive and ambition to have innovative ideas and act on these, to lead and inspire others, to take risks and to persevere when others would not. We aim to build not just the academic ability of the students that take Business but the personal and practical skills that would be needed in the real world. In the JHN Business department we understand that each learner is unique and we aim to engage not only with our curriculum but the wider world. Business, on a global scale, is changing every year with technological influence, political changes and a focus on ethical practices; it is more important now than ever before to equip our students with business knowledge and confidence to take the world by storm and become the dragons of tomorrow. Our curriculum aims to empower students to cope with the challenges of a dynamic business world and be able to adapt. Students should be able to consider the actions of a business and evaluate the ethics of these against their own christian identity. Students should develop skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, team work and communication that will support them throughout their school life and beyond.
Whether students want, on leaving school, to start their own business or work for an existing business, we hope to build on the student’s own entrepreneurial characteristics to enable them to excel in a variety of business environments.
Our aim is to encourage students to know a wide range of different business elements to support the career path they may choose. We do this through our spiral curriculum which focuses on the main areas of Business Finance, Ownership, Competition, Stakeholders, Marketing/Branding/Adding Value and Business Ethics.
All learners are encouraged to explore the entrepreneurial characteristics they have by being challenged to individual and group projects, and are encouraged to take ownership of their learning, bridging the gap between school and the wider business world. Students are encouraged, through activities in the classroom, to take calculated risks and be able to learn from their successes and mistakes. The students will be provided with opportunities to link the theoretical concepts and work as a team to perform business-related tasks.
Learners are tasked with independent mathematical and analytical challenges, which enable them to delve deeper into their core understanding of how businesses operate, whilst gaining a wider insight into how external factors such as technology, economic and social factors and business morals influence the decisions businesses make.
Students are offered a wide variety of opportunities and experiences that widen their appreciation of business and the world around it. These include:
- Student Investor Challenge enables students to practise investing in stocks and shares and understand how external factors influence a business and its share price.
- E360 provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills
- Educational visits to a variety of business locations to see business in practice
- Students lead and organise various events using their prior business knowledge to gain recognition for their enthusiasm for the subject e.g. Saints Fest and School Discos.
- External speakers are invited into the classroom to share their knowledge and inspire learners.
- Trip to Laser Quest or similar businesses
- Students to take part in Apprentice day where they will set up and run their own business for the day.
What follows is a current summary of the intended subject curriculum content in each year of the key stage. It highlights the key knowledge and skills intended for learning, and some of the ways progress in the curriculum is to be assessed. It clarifies the key questions students should be addressing and gives links to help students and families to develop this learning further.