Characteristics Of The B&E Department


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Characteristics Of The B&E Department

  1. 1. Characteristics of the B&E Department<br />Characteristics of the Department<br />The Business and Economics faculty employs 3 full time and 3 part time teachers. We also employ 2 full-time Business & Enterprise Teaching Assistants who ensure that we offer not only support to students in the classroom but support for our Business and Enterprise specialist status. Our TAs are also studying Teaching related higher education qualifications. All members of staff are highly experienced and teach a wide range of specialist subjects from entry level all the way through to A-Level and BTEC Level 3. This ensures we offer clear progression for all student abilities – <br />353822061595<br />Entry Level – Skills for Working Life.<br />Level 1 – BTEC Introductory Business, Retail and Administration.<br />Level 2 – Year 10 & 11 are studying GCSE Business Studies or BTEC Business & Enterprise Certificate (equivalent to 3 GCSEs). In Year 12 we offer a BTEC First Business Diploma. <br />Level 3 – A-Level Economics or BTEC National Certificate Business. <br />We are also pleased to announce that we have won approval to teach the new 14-19 Diploma in Business from September 2010.<br />The quality of teaching and learning in the faculty is considered “Good” according to a recent school-wide review and evaluation with elements of outstanding practice also occurring in many cases. The faculty’s results are in line with National standards. <br />The faculty is spread across 3 main teaching areas. Entry level Skills for Working Life is taught in the room next to the Willows Cafe offering a large work space and PCs for all students. A-Level Economics is offered within the Pavilion Building by the main sports field. The remainder of the courses are taught in B1, B3 and B4 within the EBIT. <br />The Business & Economics Faculty is committed to the physical and emotional well-being of all the students in their faculty. The department are fully aware and committed to adhering to Oxford School’s Safeguarding Policy and procedures. All adults that work in the faculty have undergone the school’s Safeguarding Training, have received and read the school’s safeguarding policy and procedures. The faculty is committed to implementing good practice, as reflected in the training and policy. They are aware that the named , designated teacher for child protection is Daphne James.<br />Other Key Characteristics of the Faculty…<br />The Faculty is particularly proud of its Business & Enterprise Specialist status and we continue to achieve good or outstanding results. We are also particularly pleased with the following:- <br /><ul><li>Choice and range of courses available. Our ability to develop and run new courses. See for an example!
  2. 2. The Results our students achieve! See Results Analysis from Summer 2009.
  3. 3. Support for the student via after school clubs (twice a week), individualised learning / student progress tracking (in all lessons) and AFL.
  4. 4. 24/7 help, support and key documents available on our website / blog
  5. 5. Ongoing Improvements to Teaching & Learning. Weekly reviews and evaluations of teaching are completed by all members of the Department
  6. 6. Our Teaching Assistants are a real asset. All three (Vicki, Mark, Alfazul and Zaffar) and are all working towards Higher Learning Qualifications related to Teaching.
  7. 7. Sharing Good Practice, Ideas and Resources through regular Department Meetings and online via our Blog.
  8. 8. Numerous visits and Business Links (very close links with Unipart, Oxford Castle, HSBC, Oxfam, BMW, Chelsea FC and Thorpe Park in particular)
  9. 9. Support for new Teachers and Trainee Teachers (very successful first GTP placement last year and another lined up for next year). NQT Induction also ongoing.
  10. 10. Our regular communication with Parents via Phone, Visits, Blog or letter!
  11. 11. Interactive and challenging Lesson Starters and Activities
  12. 12. The rapport that we have with our students and our ability to understand and meet their individual learning needs.
  13. 13. Our use of Assessment for Learning
  14. 14. Lesson Objectives and how they can be used as a learning tool
  15. 15. Built in Assessment in order to help deliver high quality coursework quicker!
  16. 16. Differentiation (Lesson and Structural Differentiation)
  17. 17. Engaging Lessons Activities
  18. 18. Useful and motivational plenaries & homework