Why is the Business curriculum as it is

Ethos

Bede Academy’s ethos underpins our Business Studies Curriculum. Through the BS curriculum we aim to build students strength of character and prepare them for an enterprising future through challenging their understanding of the key elements of Business. (Marketing, HR, Operations, Finance.) Through this we will develop students’ knowledge of the internal and external workings of a small business and from there move onto how global businesses operate in a competitive market. By looking into the key functional areas of a business this prepares students for a smooth transition from an educational environment to a work environment, which ultimately develops students in the future for good stewardship. Students are aware of the key elements of “how businesses work”. By providing an insight to a multitude of business sectors and departments students can determine their own career path. Through this knowledge of businesses development students are then able to develop and work on their own transferable (life) skills including: enhancing team working, problem solving, independent learning and communication skills whilst instilling confidence in our students to make themselves stand out in a competitive working environment. This will lead them to generate and embrace enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues while being aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals. The powerful impact of business and technology on our world is unquestionable, and people’s gifts, imagination and skills are amongst the key elements of developing the business world we live in. 

 

At Bede Academy, we recognise the importance of Business Studies in every aspect of daily life. As an optional subject at KS4&5 it is important for students to have an awareness of Business Studies related terminology from KS3. To ensure that this occurs we offer Enterprise Days for Yr 7-8, The Business Game for Yr 9 alongside career related Personal development sessions.

We recognise the importance of Business in every aspect of daily life. We aim to deliver a high-quality Business education that equips students to confidently use a range of key skills, such as: financial literacy, communication, problem solving, leadership and many more.  It is our intention to enable students to find, explore, create, analyse, exchange and present information as well as use information in an effective way whether that be in a business environment or as an entrepreneur.

Our aim is to give all children a strong understanding of how local, national and multi-natonal business’ affects the world around us. The elements of knowledge students will gain from this help shape businesses of the future – Substantive knowledge is developed to ensure our students are able to discuss the key areas of: Marketing, Finance, Operations and HR. Key concepts are built on and re-visited in order to ‘make it stick’. This model allows children to build on prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for topics whilst embedding this knowledge into their long-term memory.

Disciplinary knowledge (Financial literacy for Business) are embedded into each topic the children study and are re-visited and developed throughout the school. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning, developing, investigating and testing models, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their business structure-based questions.

Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning is used to communicate ideas. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of business terminology. Through this students learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant questions. We encourage students to be involved in investigations and project-based and case-study related learning to gain an understanding of seeing a project through from beginning to end and problems solving any obstacles that may occur along the way.

Where possible, links are made to our local context of Blyth- especially the port of Blyth and Tharsus – where we strive to enthuse our students into thinking of careers in the future.

Enrichment opportunities, such as Enterprise activities, careers visits and the Career’s Fair are planned for in order to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of both substantive and disciplinary knowledge. Some of these events also involve families and the wider community.

We endeavour to ensure that the Business curriculum we provide will give students the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.

Relevant values to be developed in students include: honourable purpose, humility, compassion, integrity, accountability, courage and determination.
However, we also strive to develop their intellectual character in:

Curiosity
Openminded-ness
Independence
Thoroughness
Carefulness
Attentiveness
Tenacity

Subjects include GCSE Business Studies, BTEC Digital Information Technology, A-level Business Studies and BTEC National in Information Technology.

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