Close

Download our FREE smartphone app today!

Get the app

Twitter

15/10/21

Check out our HABE Art instagram page.. ! https://t.co/hAfqvywPPe

14/10/21

Retweetd From HABE Performing Arts

Our wonderful Steel Pan band performed throughout lunch and conducted a workshop for staff and students as part of our Black History Month celebrations 🎶 https://t.co/KclkQof36q

14/10/21

Retweetd From HABE Performing Arts

A wonderful Pianist and Saxophonist performed throughout lunch today for staff and students as part of our Black History Month celebrations   🎶 https://t.co/aC80VwPaNF

14/10/21

Retweetd From HABE Performing Arts

The Performing Arts notice board here at has been updated with all of the timetables and extra-curricular activities available 🎶 🎭 https://t.co/gStMexkb6M

14/10/21

Retweetd From HABE Sport

Our year 7 boys ready to go.. good luck lads! https://t.co/MxbOeFmI89

06/10/21

Retweetd From HABE Sport

We had a fantastic time at our first ever netball tournament this afternoon at Bromley High. It was brilliant to see the girls playing together, the progress throughout this afternoon was amazing 🏐 I’m very proud and I can’t wait to watch these superstars in more fixtures ⭐️ https://t.co/kKooX74k5H

06/10/21

Some *fantastic* examples of cells made by Year 7 https://t.co/2sZgkas6q1

06/10/21

Retweetd From HABE Sport

ANNOUNCEMENTs Unfortunately the opponent has withdrawn this morning from the year 7 boys football match. We will still be running a small sided game after school for the students so they can play some football. We have automatically gone through to the next round ⚽️ 🚨

06/10/21

Only another 2000 to go!! Busy times but we love that the local community can see how amazing our students and staff really are.#HABEShiningBrightly

06/10/21

Every day is open day at HABE- what a unique and special community we have, come see our amazing students in action. 1000 parents and students through the door already. https://t.co/NlwhP59h5Q

06/10/21

Our year 7 and 8 being scientists for the day designing and modifying ther own cells! Blowing away my the creativity of our students. What a week and its only Wednesday!

06/10/21

Experiencing the outdoors in year 7 with primitive living experiences and being in tune with nature and the great outdoors.

06/10/21

What an amazing week at HABE, students going above and beyond again.#ProudtobeHABE Sixth Formers helping Living Well in Penge - helping the community with the  generosity from our students and families

05/10/21

We have a number of items that have been left behind. Students will be able to collect these from the canteen tomorrow from 8am.

05/10/21

No problem - we will wait with her 👍

05/10/21

🔊Travel Update 🔊 The Bushcraft trip will be arriving back to the Academy around 4:45pm! We will let you know if anything changes

05/10/21

We can now announce our Virtual Open Evening will be on Thursday 11th November - stay tuned for further information!

05/10/21

Moved by the statistic, that "Fewer than 1% of students at GCSE study a book by a writer of colour", Ms Wrighton applied for a book giveaway, run by , to win 100 books written by black authors... we are delighted to say we have been successful!

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Central Office

Bexley

Bromley

Clapham

Croydon

Greenwich

Haringey

Havering

Merton

Newham

Southwark

Sutton

Thurrock

Wandsworth

Westminster

Business Studies

Curriculum intent

Business & Economics acts as a bridge between students’ studies and the real world. All pupils will work and be part of an organisation in their future and the subject allows them to understand how organisations operate, giving them an advantage when entering the world of work.

This is achieved through the teaching of the curriculum in context of businesses in the local area, nationally and internationally. Links to real life businesses give students a portal into the world of business. Developing students’ knowledge, analytical and evaluative skills that can be used in all their studies. As well as giving students real life skills such as the understanding of how interest rates impacts on consumers as well the economy.     

Purpose of curriculum

The curriculum of business acts as an anchor of knowledge developed both within the subject and through other subjects. Helping to take abstract terms and place it in a real-world scenario. This helps develop students’ overall skills of problem solving, effective communication and leadership. Students will consider the practical application of business concepts. The units provide opportunities to explore theories and concepts in the most relevant way, through the context of events in the business and economic world. The knowledge and skills gained from this specification will provide students with a firm foundation for further study.

Curriculum design

For students to understand the business world through mastering a series of concepts to include marketing, finance, operations and human resources. Making these concepts a reality through link to real life business and business people. Students are introduced to basic business terms and theory. This acts as a backbone to then go into detail looking at the various functional areas within a business.  

Coverage and appropriateness

The fast changing and dynamic nature of the business world and the economy means that students can be given opportunities to apply a range of their skills developed from the specification on a daily basis. Bringing up to date news into the classroom means students get to practice this on a regular basis. The specification covers a broad range of business theory and the school applies this in a real context. Often using examples that students are familiar with such as the big four supermarkets and JD Sports.

Teaching for Mastery

Business anchors knowledge and skills from all subjects across the school curriculum and applies these to realistic situations. Business therefore acts as a gateway subject from education to next steps in the real world of work. It offers a variety of challenging problems to encourage students to think outside of the box to solve a range of problems in a variety of ways. Students use case studies of business scenarios to problem solve issues and find solutions to problems. Group work allows students to develop their leadership, communication and team working skills.


Implementation

Schemes of learning

GCSE business students are taught the course over a three year period. With year 9 having a focus on the fundamentals of business that then allows students to build on these foundations in year 9 and 10 through the studying of the functional areas (marketing, human resources, finance and operations). The most complex topic (finance) is taught in year 11 where students have developed the cognitive thinking skills to best grasp this topic. Students start BTEC in year 10 with a focus on controlled assessment in the first year and a shift to exam focus in year 11.  

Resources

The department uses a range of resources to promote mastery of the subject. One of the most effective resources we use is the links we have established with the private sector. This involves guest speakers who are experts in their field coming in to speak to and answer questions from our pupils. This allows students to have a real soundboard where they can get immediate feedback from an expert allowing them to take the theory they have learned in lessons and relate this to a real scenario. Current affairs are also a useful tool that the department uses to engage students and progress learning in the subject. Using the latest business news as case studies allows students to practice their theory against real life situations.    

Professional development

Best practice is regularly shared in departmental meetings to ensure that outstanding practice is being used throughout the department. Staff are split equally at federation staff days between A-level business, A-level economics and OCR Cambridge technical. Staff then feedback to each other on each respective area. In addition to the regular training offered by the school, federation, exam boards and professional bodies, staff are sent on external training courses run by experts in business and economics education. Experienced staff in the department are deployed as mentors for less experienced teachers in the department giving regular feedback through observations and weekly meetings nurturing their development. All staff have learning walks to demonstrate bets practice in their lessons.     

Subject specific WORD

The business and economics WORD projects are embedded heavily in current affairs within those disciplines. This often involves taking a prominent figure from the world of business such as Richard Branson or a significant business event such as the proposed Sainsburys and Asda merger and basing a WORD project around this such as creating a diary entry or a newspaper article. WORD is promoted on a daily basis through regular key term tests that help students master the new key terms that they encounter in business. In addition to this students analyse and evaluate case studies on a regular basis.

Student groupings

The business departments run two courses at key stage 4. The first is AQA GCSE business studies and the second is BTEC business studies. The former is assessed fully through two examinations whereas the latter is assessed through a mix of examinations and controlled assessment. This allows students to be placed in a group that best suits their needs.


Impact

In order to ensure that all students can make excellent progress, the course that students take at KS4 depends on the student’s own individual needs. We offer BTEC to those who prefer to work on a project whereas the GCSE offers an alternative option to those who are more suited to examinations.

Students are regularly assessed through extended writing in tasks in lessons on a weekly basis. This is complemented by mock papers every term. This allows teachers to measure progress of pupils accurately on a regular basis and put intervention in for those who need extra help.

Students are given regular feedback on controlled assessment projects at KS4 and KS5, this allows them to build confidence over time and be more proficient at producing high quality work as the course progresses.

Year 9 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020 GCSE

Year 10 Curriculum Plan 2019-20 GCSE

Year 11 Curriculum Plan 2019-20 GCSE

Year 12 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020 GCSE

Year 13 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020 GCSE

 

Year 11 Curriculum Plan - CTEC

Year 12 Curriculum Plan - CTEC

Year 13 Curriculum Plan - CTEC