At Accrington, we believe in the adage “ Children’s learning is not a rehearsal. They never get a second chance. Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students; an education which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life. Our Business and Enterprise curriculum is designed to provide children with the core knowledge, attitudes, skills and habits (KASH) they need for success in education and later life, to maximise their cognitive development, to develop the whole person and the talents of the individual and to allow all children to become active and economically self-sufficient citizens.
BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise is offered to all students taught at KS4.
A-Level Business is delivered at KS5 and this course offer students the opportunity to be involved with the Peter Jones Foundation as part of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy; giving them the opportunity to run their own company using the knowledge and skills they’ve developed as part of their academic studies.
Hundreds of United Learning teachers and leaders have been involved in developing the United Learning Curriculum as a core academic curriculum, founded on these key principles:
- Entitlement– We believe that all children have the right to learn a powerful knowledge based curriculum. This knowledge is tested in every lesson and assessed through exam practice and non examined assessment.
- Mastery– We want all students to achieve a full understanding of the knowledge specified in the Curriculum for each year, and teaching should not move on until this is achieved.
- Stability– We won’t constantly amend the Curriculum: while we should make occasional adjustments in the light of feedback and experience, we will aim for stability over many years, so that teachers can develop expertise, and we constantly build assessments and teaching materials to support the Curriculum.
- Concepts not context – The Curriculum is intended as a concise specification of knowledge and content to be taught and learned; it is for schools and teachers to decide how to teach and bring it to life.
Everything from which children learn in school – the taught subject timetable, the approach to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, the co-curricular provision and the ethos and ‘hidden curriculum’ of the school – are to be seen as part of the school curriculum. Our principle of ‘Education with Character’ is delivered through the curriculum in this broadest sense. We are passionate about ensuring this character education though our “Accrington Aspires” programme of form time/assemblies/Every child matters days and a broad range of extra-curricular activities which ensure we focus on developing the whole child. We always run Business and Enterprise enrichment to expand student’s cultural capital beyond the classroom. This works well with the Peter Jones Foundation and the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy where students at KS5 work outside of lessons to run their own company. In addition, at KS3 and 4, students attend enrichment enterprise where they also have the opportunity to run a micro business within school.
Students are assessed through one essay a week and one homework essay a week for A Level and through either external exam question style questions for BTEC Enterprise or through report writing to contribute towards coursework. During NEA tasks students are assessed formatively within rules of assessment and then summatively. With the BTEC courses students also have an option to resubmit coursework where required. We also have two opportunities for full papers twice a year, this allows teachers to focus on formative assessment from lesson to lesson.
We are particularly conscious of the role that literacy and vocabulary plays in unlocking the whole curriculum. Our teachers explicitly teach the meaning of subject-specific language, and we expect lessons to contain challenging reading and writing. Knowledge organisers provide students with key information that they are expected to learn and recall with fluency, enabling them to develop their understanding of key concepts outside of their lessons.
The culmination of our curriculum is that pupils leave our school with the confidence and intelligence to thrive. We know our pupils as individuals which enables us to provide curriculum guidance and careers guidance throughout their time with us. We expect all pupils to leave our school with the grades required to progress to their desired destination, and the character required to flourish once they get there.
By teaching our curriculum well, and delivering education with character, we bring out the best in everyone.
BTEC Enterprise lessons are taught through 5 one hour sessions fortnightly.
A-Level Business lessons are taught through 5, one hour sessions weekly. In addition to this, students have independent study dedicated to the subject area and are also extended to use additional home time to complete independent work which may include pre-reading, assessments or essay writing tasks.
To find out more about our curriculum please contact our Vice Principal in charge of Quality of Education Mrs Christine Williams on Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org or see our Curriculum policy.
Our guided choices booklets also give us more detail on the programme of Guided choices from KS3 into KS5.
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