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Challenge in Business & Computing

Challenge in Business and Computing

Business:

In the Business Studies department, all students are encouraged and coached to want to challenge themselves in the subject.  This is achieved in the following ways:

  • Each topic taught, discussed and assessed over a number of lessons to allow knowledge to grow throughout the time of delivery.
  • Investigations are completed on each topic to allow students to consolidate their knowledge and stretch both themselves and their understanding.
  • A* level model answers are consistently used throughout the course in order to familiarise students both with exam content/ technique and also to constantly encourage students to use higher level thinking. By familiarising themselves with how to answer these problems students will increase their ability to analyse, apply and evaluate – key skills in achieving the top grades in the subject. Students and teachers are encouraged to find these resources on exam board websites.
  • Analysis and evaluation are the keys to success in the subject. By use of the above methods and by feedback given in both a formative and summative way (together with thoughtful responses on the part of the student), we in the TBS Business department constantly reinforce these skills.

Computing:

We use a flipped learning approach to learning, students are set videos for homework using a specifically made resource, and they are then instructed to complete a quiz to check that they have absorbed the knowledge. This method allows the student to take responsibility for their own learning and encourages exploring the subject further in their own time. This means that they come into the classroom with knowledge on what will be taught, meaning more of the lesson is used to engage the students in higher level thinking skills, rather than traditional PowerPoint based lessons. This is so students can use critical analysis and evaluate problems as well as having the time and gaining the knowledge to create their own code to a high level. In the classroom, we use directed based questioning for ability with an emphasis on justification. 

They understand that an answer cannot be stand alone and there is always a “why”. Using appropriate 

verbs such as relate, justify, theorise and formulate help in the classroom to ensure students are 

challenging themselves. The higher ability students are often given advisory / teaching roles to help when doing practical or group work where they are able to share and demonstrate their knowledge. This helps them consolidate their own knowledge and think through issues more deeply. A* level model answers are consistently used throughout the course in order to familiarise students both with exam content/ technique and also to constantly encourage students to use higher level thinking. By familiarising themselves with how to answer these problems students will increase their ability to analyse, apply and evaluate – key skills in achieving the top grades in the subject. Students and teachers are encouraged to find these resources on exam board websites.