The Economic course offers a wide learning curriculum which provides students to be abreast of current economic issues and access a variety of opportunities to develop transferable skills for higher education and apprenticeships as well as for the job market. The course also enhances student’s personal development of building better awareness of the environment they inhabit.
The economics content continually builds on prior concepts, students must understand the basics before they move on to new content, for example students will need to understand the nature of supply and demand analysis before moving onto elasticities. So inherently retrieval practice occurs at every turn of the course as the basics must be solidified before progress is made, cold calling constantly draws on past knowledge and do-now activities help with this.
Teacher input consists of teaching from standardised resources that have clear explanations to ensure consistency with built in pop backs and retrieval practice. Such resources provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and analytical skills of economic concepts, such as diagrammatic analysis. Staff all have degrees and qualifications in the subject area and lots of experience, and thus can provide detailed knowledge of the real economy. Students are given articles on current news that they think pair and discuss, applying theory they have learnt in lessons.
Assessment for learning is one of the strongest points of the department. Cold calling has been made the main form of questioning and a consistent habit. No opt out has added a high standard to the questioning. Live marking is carried out often, especially on visual aspects like diagram drawing whereby flipped learning is ideal for students to showcase their knowledge on the main board. Students respond to all feedback given so it is clear they understand how to get to the next level.
Students’ independent work consists of many WOD tasks and past exams, especially at Y13. Independent Revision notes and homework tasks are set weekly, and students are encouraged to do Up learn for a minimum of 2 hours a week to help embed content. There are 3 sets of full mocks with detailed feedback given. Intervention is carried out as soon as possible and targeted programmes are carried out for concerned students so they have the best chance of reaching target grades