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The Piggott School

A Church of England Academy

Business and Economics

'An open and outward-reaching team who are positive, supportive and encouraging our pupils to be aspirational’.

Curriculum Aims
  • Bringing our subject to life, teaching of and application to the real world
  • Open door policy for Sixth Form pupils
  • Open door policy for teachers
  • Team-working and collaboration
  • Outward-reaching to pupils, teachers and other schools
  • Positive learning atmosphere
  • Extra support offered at all times to all pupils
  • Encouragement of staff and pupils to be their best
  • Stretch and challenge as standard in lessons across all subjects in the department
  • Soft skills – teamwork, leadership, communication, research
  • Employability skills – as above + initiative, problem solving, presentation
  • Enterprise skills – creativity, risk-taking, innovation, resiliency
  • Knowledge and application together, range and depth
  • Careers – as above + extra help, guidance, mentoring and range of careers given subject area
Curriculum Intent

Schemes of work

  • Schemes of work – all to be completed and in a consistent format
  • Schemes of work – adapted to match the needs of our pupils
  • Making reference to specification
  • Range of activities for assessment and interesting learning
  • Building of up both skills and knowledge over time
  • Model to be completed of KS4 and three strands for three different subjects at KS5
  • Tweaking of SOW when teaching classes to improve
  • Group activities which are not part of the syllabus for both KS4 & KS5
  • Individual/pair research for independent learning not on specifications

Learning mapping

  • Skills from KS3 pupils should have acquired, build from there in KS4, then split at KS5
  • Skills from Year 8 numeracy, literacy, research, planning
  • Model to be drawn with map through KS4 then three mapping strands for KS5
  • Building of skills and knowledge from Year 9 to 10 to 11
  • Scaffolding of exam structure over time
  • Building and practising exam technique
  • Year 8 activities day to give and introduction to Business
  • Topics and adding over KS4 then 5 where applicable, then links across curriculum
  • Developing links in subject and with others with depth

SEND/disadvantaged children

  • Seating plans adaptation for disabled pupils
  • Seating plans consideration for hearing/visual impairment
  • Resources adapting, e.g. font size
  • Parental communication for needs
  • Communication to SEN lead staff
  • Working with LSAs
  • Revision guide provided for disadvantaged children
  • Trips access for disadvantaged children
  • Revision opportunities open for all
  • Groupings consideration for SEN/disabled children
  • One-to-ones offered across the department

Cultural capital

  • Opportunities for our pupils – various
  • Real life application to the world outside on a daily basis
  • Teaching of diversity in lessons and regular reference to it
  • Encouraging children to be citizens of the world, e.g. through globalisation/international trade
  • Employment advice, especially for Sixth Form pupils on top of normal teaching
  • UCAS help with university choices, references and personal statements
  • Project management workshop for A-Level Business pupils run by professional
  • Group activities throughout both key stages and all subjects
  • Twyford Together project with local businesses
  • Local businesses visit and coming to Piggott, e.g. chocolate, entrepreneurs, Interserve, Morgan Lovell
  • Resources building cultural capital, e.g. videos
  • Reference to local, national and international business/economy every day
  • Curriculum has stimulating experiences, e.g. personal finance, working skills
  • Reading encouragement and lists for wider learning

Curriculum area distinctions

  • Teamwork – as a team of teachers and with our pupils
  • Open door policy – for Sixth Formers and each other in department, as well as visitors, e.g. PGCE students
  • Playing to our strengths, e.g. with timetabling and sharing expertise/tasks, swapping lessons
  • Liking our pupils – having care and making the effort with children in the department
  • Range of courses on offer, including mix and match
  • Openness for pupils – accepting of so many and such a wide range of ability and backgrounds
  • Aspirational – constantly encouraging pupils to achieve, e.g. target grade not being a barrier
  • Pupils like working in the department, shown by growing numbers and those who stay to KS5
  • Results at both GCSE and A-Level/BTEC have regularly been excellent
  • One-to-ones with pupils, both scheduled and unscheduled make a big difference
  • Revision sessions offered in the mornings and ad hoc to groups
  • Examiners in the department – helps with CPD of each other, marking accuracy and teaching
  • Consistency – all children get a good teacher with common high expectations in the department
  • Calmness across all classrooms with a good atmosphere for learning
  • All teachers have a knowledge of all courses in the department, help each other’s pupils
  • Outward reaching to other schools, giving them advice, visits to and from

Assessment and feedback

  • All teachers follow department marking policy
  • Consistent marking and feedback across GCSE, both A-Level subjects and BTEC Level 3
  • Personalised marking to each individual child
  • Targeted feedback in short points to improve in certain areas/skills
  • Peer assessment in use daily and training pupils to be good markers with marking grids
  • MRI on all milestone assessments, mock exams, etc.
  • Verbal feedback – as a whole class and individual
  • Reading of examiner’s reports and using with classes
  • Not taking too much time on meetings/admin tasks/marking
  • Swapping of lessons/covering each other in department to help out
  • Sharing of tasks, e.g. admin, SOW, reports, parents’ evening
  • Buying of resources where appropriate to save teacher producing from scratch
  • Collaboration between teachers and shared resources

Learning Journey

GCSE Business

A Level Business


A Level Economics

BTEC Business