Enterprise

Our Rationale:

To understand enterprise activity and behavior and the impact it has on them as citizens in society and on their future choices in the world of commerce and employment.

Our Intent:

Through opting for a qualification in Enterprise, pupils will become Entrepreneurs in the way they think, act and create. Pupils will walk into a classroom and be expected to be corporate in approaches – both verbal and non-verbal. Pupils will understand how the business world around them, that they experience each day, is created and maintained, and how it adapts to suit changing factors including the economic environment, society, trends and political influences. Pupils will expand their vocabulary to include specific terms used in enterprise and will be challenged to be strategic in the way they approach tasks and activities. Pupils will gain the confidence to be able to pitch enterprise ideas to audiences, and become business analyst in evaluating enterprises activities.

At the end of his/her Enterprise education at St Matthew's, we hope to inspire each student to:

  • Use entrepreneurial characteristics and skills to be innovative, ambitious and creative in ways to develop their hobbies and interests into future careers choices.
  • Understand the world of enterprise around them, and make conscious choices in the enterprises they choose to engage with.
  • Use knowledge gained of different business sectors to be able to make informed decisions about future pathways of work and employment.
  • Understand the external factors in their communities and country that impact on Enterprises and therefore on them as current and future consumers.
  • Develop confidence and resilience in approaches, understand what it means to be a professional and know the most effective ways to communicate with a range of stakeholders.

Homework/Assessment:

Pupils complete formal assessment on a regular basis throughout each half term. These assessments use exam board assessment criteria and are marked in a way that replicates the assessment requirements of the qualification. Pupils also complete past exam paper questions linked to the topics being studied, and where relevant end of topic exams, under exams conditions.

Rewards and Recognition:

Students are encouraged to earn achievement points through the school reward system and are recognized for excellence on the recognition and reward boards

The enterprise department uses praise postcards to recognise the commitment and contribution to the subject area that pupils are making.