GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Business Studies and ICT

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Intent

To enable future entrepreneurs and leaders to understand the concepts of a business, analyse business decisions, evaluate the reasoning and demonstrate technical skills to develop a project. This will widen students' horizons and prepare them for further study and employment.

Learning hours

Year group 7 8 9 10 11
Learning hours per week 1 1 2 2 2

Knowledge, understanding and skills

Year group 7 8 9 10 11
Topics covered  

Business 

  • Enterprise 
  • Entrepreneurial  skills
  • Entrepreneurial characteristics.
  • Pitching activities
  • Marketing basics
  • Market research basics
  • Basic External factors.

ICT

  • Communication online
  • Security 
  • Online presentation 
  • Basics
  • Spreadsheet
  • Word processor
  • ICT concept
  • Licencing images 
  • Investigation of credible sources
  • Researching information
  • Promoting your cause
  • Software
 

Business 

  • Basic Personal Finance.
  • Marketing 
  • Types of promotional tools used by a business
  • Types of advertisement tools used in business Purpose of the promoting new ideas in a market 

ICT

  • Computer systems
  • Computer peripherals 
  • Logic
  • Website development
  • Scratch 
  • Software programme projects - Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Basic programming 
  • Project on website development.
 

Business 

  • Personal Finance
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Basic Economic concepts and theories.
  • Human Resources 
  • Recruitment and Selection 
  • Project for entrepreneurship

ICT

  • Social Engineering 
  • Bots
  • Data
  • Sequencing in data
  • Database 
  • Advanced Word processing
  • Advanced spreadsheets 
  • Networking 
  • Mobile app development project
 

Synoptic study 

  • Customer Segmentation 
  • Market segmentation
  • Market Research methods  
  • Revenue, costs and Profit
  • Break Even
  • Cash flow
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Product differentiation
  • Customer loyalty
  • Customer Service 
  • Customer Service levels
  • Branding 
  • Marketing Mix
  • External factors
  • Business ownership 
  • Sources of finance 
  • Business plan 
  • Business functions (Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Operations Management)
 

Vocational Portfolio 

  • Branding 
  • Promotional Mix
  • Sampling methods
  • Business proposal development 
  • Pitch planning
  • Pitch review 
  • Pitch feedback and reflections
Knowledge   

Students will grasp the basic concepts of Entrepreneurship and being Enterprising. 

Alongside this, they will discover how businesses research and why they must consider external factors being uncontrollable. 

 

Students in ICT terms will discover the difference between different software use and exchanges along with how to develop online safety and communication awareness.

 

Students will grasp the medium concepts of Entrepreneurship and the basics of personal and business finance. 

Alongside this, they will discover how businesses use different types of promotion and advertising tools to increase awareness. 

 

Students in ICT terms will discover the difference between hard and software, logical decisions for computers, circuits, basic programming and how to construct a website.

 

Students will grasp the main concepts of Entrepreneurship and develop their personal and business finance knowledge. 

Alongside this, they will find out about the Economic concepts within business and the effect of these on the external environment. 

 

Students in ICT terms will discover how bots create power in business and why organisations use sequencing of data and databases for storing data. Students will use spreadsheets to develop their knowledge over formulas and drop down choice menus.

Students will be able to prepare a project around developing an app.

 

The topics will help students understand the main activities that will need to happen to support a start-up business and what the key factors are to consider when starting up a business.

Students will understand how and why customer segmentation is used and how to target a customer market. They will also develop an understanding of how to attract and retain customers, the techniques to use when developing products and how to investigate what makes a product viable.

These elements will provide students with underpinning knowledge and understanding for completion of Units R065 and R066 within this qualification, as well as developing transferable knowledge and understanding to allow for progression further study.

 

In Year 11 students will need to design a product proposal to meet a business challenge scenario. Students will be able to identify a customer profile for their own product design, develop market research tools and use these to complete market research for their product.

Students  will use their research outcomes to generate product design ideas, assess their strengths and weaknesses and work collaboratively with peers to gain feedback to inform final design decisions. Students  will complete financial calculations to select a pricing strategy and determine whether their proposal is viable.

 

Create a brand identity and promotional plan for their product proposal, developed in Unit R065. They will be able to pitch their product proposal to an external audience after completing a practice pitch, and complete a review of both their pitching skills and product proposal, using their learning from this qualification, self-assessment and feedback generated.

Skills  

Enterprise Skill Sets. 

Managing people. 

 

Characteristics of an entrepreneur in order to be successful. 

 

Computing skills

Awareness of online security. 

Data skills.

Enterprise Skill Sets.

 

Personal Finance

 

Marketing 

 

Website Development

 

Logical gates and decision making in computer systems.

 

Spreadsheet formulas and data analysis. 

 

Economic terms and theories in the real world. 

 

Creating budgets and business financial accounts. 

 

Managing a database system.

 

Programming an app.

Students will gain transferable skills that can be applied to their portfolio work. These skills are applied in the synoptic unit which include investigating, mathematical, logical and decision making skills to enhance u understanding and to use these skills transferable to a portfolio and in a workplace setting.

Further to assess the students will build on exam structure and writing skills which will develop their contextual, analysis, application and evaluating skills.

 

Students will have gained some of the essential skills and knowledge required when considering starting a business, but also the transferable skills of self-assessment, providing and receiving feedback, research and evaluation

Students will gain the crucial skills of professionally pitching to an unknown audience. Students will help to prepare them both for employment situations such as interviews and for starting up a business in the future, while also developing the transferable skill of presenting information to others in a clear and persuasive manner

5 year learning journey

5-Year-Business-and-ICT-Curriculum.pdf

Specification

Current year 11- NCFE Business and enterprise

Cambridge Nationals Business, enterprise and marketing
 

Careers

The combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying business and taking it further as a career highly appealing for those attracted to the competitive, yet collaborative learning environment offered by many business schools and departments.

Business careers

 

Assessment 

At key stage 3 assessment takes place in the form of weekly PREP quizzes, 5 a day, end of term assessments, end of year assesements and through marking books. At key stage 4 assessment takes place in the following ways:

  • End of term Assessment
  • End of Year Assessment in Year 10
  • Prep - Google Classroom
  • Mock Paper in Term 2 Year 10
  • RO64 Exam - Externally assessed written paper - Worth 50% of the course  - 1hour 30 Minutes
  • R065 - Coursework (25% portfolio under controlled conditions)
  • R065 - Coursework (25% portfolio under controlled conditions) as it allows the teacher to identify any misconceptions, gaps in knowledge and support the students in making progress. It also enables the teacher to challenge the student further in order to exceed their target grades. 

* For the current year 11 students:

  • Mock Paper
  • Prep - Google Classroom
  • Unit 1 - Externally assessed written paper - Worth 40% of the course  - 1hour 30 Minutes
  • Unit 2 - Coursework (60% portfolio)

Feedback

Feedback is a vital tool to support our students in meeting or exceeding their target grades. In Business studies and ICT feedback happens in the following ways:

  • Peer/Self assessment 
  • PREP feedback
  • Whole class feedback
  • Termly Feedback marking slips
  • Verbal feedback
  • Parent reporting

Learning beyond the classroom

Extracurricular clubs

Crypto club

Enterprise Club

Trips and visits

Thorpe Park (workshops for Year 9 -11 including a day out in the park)

Additional opportunities

National Enterprise Challenge

 

What our students think about Business Studies