KS3 – Enterprise & Solutions.

 

This new unit is designed to develop learners understanding of the world of business entrepreneurship, ownership and project management.  It will help develop their understanding of business enterprise and aims to improve learner’s capacity to make clear, calculated and justifiable decisions, based on effective data analysis, sound contextual knowledge and reason.  The investigative nature of the schemes of work will help to develop learner’s capability to collaborate and communicate across a variety of tasks and topics, as well as being able to craft workable solutions across a variety of business scenarios and investigations.

We have grown to understand that well made plans, whether it be within a personal or professional context, rarely go as expected. The course is designed to help develop learner’s ability to calmly and concisely problem solve their way to a successful outcome. The schemes of work will also call on learners to not only explain their decisions, but reflect to upon them. The overall aim being that by the time they move into KS4, that they have not only established a more developed understanding of the world of business, but also their capacity to problem solve quickly, concisely and effectively.

Each scheme of work will have at least 1 ‘ignite’ learning session, which will develop the interest, knowledge and skills required to do well across the topic.  There will be a long term investigation built into each scheme of work, which will last between 3-4 learning sessions, each with specific learning outcomes.  Each topic is designed to develop specific aspects of business knowledge as well as specific MLAs (My Learning Attributes – see table below).  The Showcase for each season will either an assessed written piece of work, oral presentation or both. Progress will be measured against both ‘knowledge’ and ‘MLA’ assessment criteria. Showcases will also include learners reflecting on their own progress, attitude and effort across the scheme of work.  Enterprise and Solutions will develop learner’s knowledge and understanding across the following:

  • Primary and secondary data collection (consumer, business and product surveys)
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary industries.
  • Effective use of open and closed questions.
  • Ethics in business.
  • Use of excel (evaluation, analysis and presentation of data).
  • Cash flow and finances in business.
  • Stakeholders.
  • The marketing mix.
  • Product branding and design.
  • How to use the school’s IT systems (ilah, email management and basic usage).
  • How to use and maintain ipads (MLC, MLJ and Book Creator).
  • How to justify business decisions.
  • Multi-national companies and small local businesses.

All learning session resources and guidance for each ‘season’ of work will be available from September 2016 on the Enterprise & Solutions ilah page. The site also provides direct links to useful websites and videos.  Therefore, should learners be absent from school for any reason, resources will still be readily available.

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