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The Economics and Business department at Carres Grammar school was founded in September 1994. It started off with 24 students undertaking Business and Economics at KS5. Over the course of the past thirteen years the department has expanded enormously. The subject is optional at both KS4 and KS5. All teaching takes place at Carres Grammar school although the joint sixth form is in place.
The department enjoys high academic success at both A level and at GCSE, both in grades and added value.
- Mr G Ahmed (Head of Business & Economics)
All lessons are taught in a fully equipped business room which has a state of the art smart board to enhance lesson quality. The department has an excellent set of texts which mirror the courses offered and utilises the ICT rooms which are bookable on a regular basis.
The Business & Economics department aims to provide our pupils with the skills and knowledge required in an ever changing post-industrial society. We aim to ensure that our pupils can go out into the world of work with the attributes necessary to be successful. Our pupils will be entrepreneurial, independent learners, confident presenters and strong team players.
The aims of the department are:
- To develop an understanding of relevant economic and business concepts and theories and an ability to apply them to a range of real world issues.
- To apply economic and business concepts and theories in a range of contemporary contexts and appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena.
- To analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the local economy and make informed decisions as to what is required to further enhance economical development.
Beyond The Curriculum
The department runs focus days during the academic year. The Year 9 Curriculum Day combines a range of activities from on-line business simulations to psychometric career based tests and financial quizzes. These activities are designed to give the students a taste of business issues and to meet the criteria of the Economic Awareness element of the National Curriculum. The KS4 £10 challenge allows students to use their creative energies to tender for a business contract, in a Dragon’s Den style activity, designed to enhance planning, team work, and presentation skills. Students also attend competitions at other venues throughout the year and the department offers grade booster sessions in the spring and summer terms.
The department offers Level 2 Certificate in Personal Finance (CPF2) in the sixth form. The course is designed for people who are reaching a life stage when they no longer depend on others for their financial provision consequently; preparing them for university life.
Students gain knowledge about the practical and legal constraints on the sources and uses of money, the methods of organising their money through personal budgeting, the considered use of appropriate bank and building society accounts and the concepts and consequences of overspending or payment default. A very valuable life skill!