Resources

Economics, business and enterprise

Ofsted reports in economics, business and enterprise and materials for schools 

  • Economics, business and enterprise education - 8 June 2011. This report discusses the strengths and weaknesses in economics, business and enterprise education in primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.
  • Developing young people's economic and business understanding - 27 November 2008. This report evaluates the strengths and weaknesses in business education for 14–19-year-olds in schools and colleges, and initial teacher training to teach business education in schools. It explores current issues in business education, including the development of economic and business understanding and financial capability for all students at Key Stage 4.
  • Learning to be enterprising - 10 September 2008. Ofsted was asked to evaluate enterprise learning in a sample of schools and identify examples of good practice to help inform future developments. This report summarises the findings.
  • Developing financially capable young people: - 12 March 2008. This report draws on a small survey of secondary schools and colleges carried out during 2006/07 to find good practice in personal finance education. It examines the case for personal finance education being part of the curriculum for all 1118-year-olds and considers current weaknesses in provision and the barriers to future development. It makes a number of recommendations to improve personal finance education.
  • Identifying good practice: a survey of business, administration and law in colleges - 23 January 2008. This report details those aspects of the provision for business, administration and law in colleges which enable post-16 students to make good progress. Between September 2006 and March 2007, inspectors visited 23 colleges which had been judged to be outstanding or good in their most recent inspections. The report gives examples of good practice and recommendations for improvement.

Inspectors visit 150 schools each year to inform Ofsted’s subject surveys in English, mathematics and science. Survey visits for other subjects are less frequent but continue to take place from time to time.

Case studies of good practice in economics, business and enterprise in schools 

Enterprise – the key to success: Treviglas Community College - 2 April 2014. There is little agreement on the definition of enterprise. Some see it as directly related to business activities; others see it as an approach that values opportunities to do things differently. Treviglas Community College has used its interpretation of ‘enterprise’ to provide its students with an excellent education leading to outstanding achievement and teaching.

An outstanding enterprising curriculum, equipping children for their lives: St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Falmouth - 2 July 2013. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Falmouth demonstrates how enterprise education, including the development of pupils’ financial capability and their economic and business understanding, not only prepares them for their future life as consumers, producers and citizens, but contributes to outstanding achievement throughout the school. Children are introduced to economic ideas in the Early Years Foundation Stage and there is progression through to Year 6. Many primary schools undertake highly effective good work in enterprise. St Mary’s is special because of the extent to which enterprise education is planned and progressive throughout the school.

Business partnerships and employer engagement supporting outstanding achievement: St Marylebone Church of England School - 11 Feb 2013. This example demonstrates how school leaders in a high achieving secondary school have made working with employers and forming partnerships with business a priority to raise students’ aspirations and achievement.

Assessment driving excellent progress in enterprise: The Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre - 11 September 2012. Students’ self-assessment, combined with effective systems which enable them to track their own progress, underpin their strong progress in enterprise at The Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre. Students track the development of their enterprise skills through a dedicated course at Key Stage 3, and set and review their targets for improvement. Their financial capability and economic awareness are further developed through explicit strands of the curriculum for personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHE), and, at Key Stage 4, a personal economics course for all.

Developing higher order skills in business and economics: The Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre - 11 September 2012. Students of business and economics at The Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre confidently apply a range of analytical skills when interpreting data, and weigh their findings carefully in developing coherent and authoritative arguments. Regular and rigorous assessment of students’ performance against clear success criteria generates precise short-term targets for developing students’ higher level skills of application, analysis and evaluation.

Work-related learning and enterprise education: King James's School - 9 Febrary 2012. Students at this 11-16 school develop exceptionally strong work-related and enterprise skills, together with very good personal financial awareness and basic economic and business understanding.

Using business and enterprise to enhance student progression - 4 March 2011. How partnership working in an outstanding business department enhances students’ experiences.

Employability and enterprise education: Queens Park Community School - 9 February 2012. Students’ employability and enterprise skills are developed throughout the curriculum and through innovative projects developed with employers.

Work-related learning and enterprise education: Wembley High Technology College - 9 February 2012.  Wembley High demonstrates how developing and accrediting work-related learning and employability skills across the curriculum from Year 7 to Year 13 increases students’ confidence, enhances their learning and supports their high achievement.

Work-related learning and enterprise education – King James’s School - 9 February 2012. Students at this 11-16 school develop exceptionally strong work-related and enterprise skills, together with very good personal financial awareness and basic economic and business understanding.

External links

Annual Report 2012/13

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