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17/01/18

Great to see such a good turnout from students and parents/carers at tonight’s Options Evening, we hope you found it useful!

17/01/18

Great new signage at the front of school provided by to reflect our exciting new partnership together. https://t.co/xeKBMtQiFk

17/01/18

We look forward to seeing our Year 8 students and their parents/carers at tonight's Options Information event. Doors open at 5:45pm for a 6pm start in the Main Hall.

11/01/18

Some of our Year 10 students enjoyed a very 'cool' science lesson today making their own ice cream. https://t.co/QahFngeY6c

10/01/18

We look forward to seeing parents/carers of Year 8 students at our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 17th January. Click here for further details:- https://t.co/tnYt4vkZTR https://t.co/hEHtUw5yRb

09/01/18

Tickets selling fast for our school production of Alice in Wonderland. Book yours today via https://t.co/wy2VdV98Sn https://t.co/q4Wm7VIAoZ

05/01/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure

Welcome to de Stafford Sports Centre. The centre looks great and so do the staff in their new uniforms! Great start to 2018 with #2018 https://t.co/qp5xt2VB7K

04/01/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure

We are delighted to announce that today we started working with to operate de Stafford Sports Centre. Freedom Leisure's Operations Director, Matt Hunt, Head Teacher of de Stafford School, Jeremy Garner and mascot Jim Trainer, braved the weather to mark the occasion. https://t.co/fdbVnqe9Ln

04/01/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure

Was a great first day at de Stafford Sports Centre. Very excited to be working with . Thumbs up all round! https://t.co/LavJuaeha8

02/01/18

Happy New Year to all our followers! Looking forward to starting a new term tomorrow - remember it will be Week 1 Wednesday!

15/12/17

Wishing all members of the school community a safe, happy and enjoyable festive period. We look forward to welcoming students back on Wednesday, January 3rd.

15/12/17

Read all about this half-term's news in our latest newsletter https://t.co/5jIvHYmurY

15/12/17

Congratulations to all of our award winners in today's celebration assemblies

15/12/17

Retweeted From de Stafford Reads

Well done to our de Stafford readers. The achievement board is bursting with good news! Who will be our first word millionaire? Watch this space... https://t.co/09wkST8XpV

15/12/17

Retweeted From de Stafford Reads

Books wrapped and ready for our Y7 Book Buzz event! Our thanks to the de Stafford PSA who kindly donated the funds so that every Year Seven will receive their very own reading book this https://t.co/I3QbckmkT4

15/12/17

Retweeted From de Stafford Reads

Final numbers of the year! Books read since September = 1,995. Number of words read = 39,989,703. A huge well done to all of our Y7 and Y8 de Stafford readers! https://t.co/v2IEggb4Ag

15/12/17

The December edition of our school newsletter is available to view now at https://t.co/5jIvHYmurY. We would like to wish all our followers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

12/12/17

We look forward to welcoming parents/carers/friends to our Christmas Music Showcase this evening at 6:30pm.

12/12/17

The surrounding roads are clear but please exercise extreme caution when walking on the pavements and entering the school site. Students are permitted to wear footwear appropriate for the icy conditions. The car park is particularly icy so try to avoid driving in to school.

12/12/17

We are open today but to give the site team additional time to grit the worst affected areas we will be operating a late start. Students will be expected in to SAM at 9:30am. Any student arriving early may go to the school canteen.

Head of Department: Mr D Peacefield
email: dan.peacefield@destafford.org.uk  

Overview

Business GCSE is an interesting, engaging and relevant course for all students who are interested in how the real world works. Students of our GCSE in Business will take a critical approach to business and economics, focusing on topics such as building a business, business communications, and the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable. It is seen as a pathway to A-Level Business but also as a good basis for economics and politics A-Levels.

GCSE qualifications in business subjects enable students to:

  • actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements
  • develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities
  • consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.

This course is weighted towards exams with: Exams - 75%; Coursework - 25%.

External Examinations

There are two exams, Unit 1 and Unit 3.

Unit 1 covers the topics of spotting a business opportunity, showing enterprise, putting a business idea into practice, making the start-up effective and understanding the economic context. It is a 45-minute multiple-choice exam which most students find well-within their capabilities. This is wholly covered in Year 10 (Autumn and Spring Terms).

Unit 3 is a more in-depth unit and covers the topics of marketing, meeting customer needs, effective financial management, effective people management and the wider world affecting business. Students will be asked to learn to think critically and to put their thoughts into context. They will be required to read, watch and listen to the news and will be asked to keep up to date with what international, national and local businesses are doing. Unit 3 is a 90-minute exam with some multiple-choice but mostly extended answer questions. This wholly covered in Year 11 (Autumn and Spring Terms).

Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment

Unit 2 is the controlled assessment unit and is completed under very strict requirements. Students will be allowed to do a practice run, gaining skills in research, interviewing, questionnaire-building and in-depth, data-supported analysis.

For the real controlled assessment, student will have to go out into the business community and interview real business leaders, then return, armed with data to analyse, to write up their final piece. Despite the tight, 9-hour strictures placed on this unit, (6 hours research and 3 hours write-up) we always get really excellent results from our students on this paper. We also gain great support from the local community who are the targets and focus of the business research and analysis. All our local business contacts offer their services year after year to support this process. This is wholly covered in Year 10 (Summer Term).

Programme of Study

Year 10

Autumn 1 Autumn 2
Unit 1  - Introduction to Small Business
Spring 1 Spring 2
Unit 1 - Intorduction to Small Business Revision and Mocks for Unit 1
Summer 1 Summer 2
Unit 2 - Investigating Small Business Practice Unit 2 - Controlled Assessment

Year 11

Autumn 1 Autumn 2
Unit 3 - Building a Business Revision and Mocks for Unit 3
Spring 1 Spring 2
Unit 3 - Building a Business Exam revision for both Unit 1 and Unit 3
Summer 1 Summer 2
Final Revision before Exams Exams

 

Extended Learning

Extended learning is set throughout the course on a weekly basis. Usually this will involve reading, watching or listening to the news and bringing in examples of national, international and local business news in context for the topic being covered. This will be included in exercise books in class then marked. There are various tasks and exercises given to extend learning and also test revision.

Curriculum Enrichment

Students will directly interact with a business leader during the Controlled Assessment unit and will also run footfall surveys and questionnaires out in the community. We also run a very successful Business Day, where the whole day is spent creating a product, a brand, some advertising and then selling it in front of a further set of our local business leaders in school. This is a very exciting day and well-received by all.