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Enterprise

Intent: 

The curriculum has been designed to empower children with virtues that enable them to excel academically and spiritually inspiring them to serve humanity selflessly (Nishkam), with an abundance of love, compassion and forgiveness. The curriculum aims to support pupils to learn about peace, forgiveness, love and faith in the Divine through their academic subjects, faith practice and personal development. 

Our curriculum is constructed around our vision to ensure we remain:  

Faith-inspired: learning from the wisdom of religion.

Our pupils explore the divine context of humanity and wonder of all creation. They not only learn about, but also learn from, the wisdom of religions and in so doing explore the infinite human potential to do good unconditionally. We support pupils to develop aspects of their own religious, spiritual or human identities. They learn about serenity through prayer and humility in service and in so doing, they deepen their own respective faith, and respect the common purpose of all religious traditions, as well as respecting the beliefs of those with no faith tradition. They explore the unique divinity of the individual, and our common humanity. 

Virtues-led: nurturing compassionate, responsible human beings.

We believe that the fostering of human virtues forms the foundation of all goodness. Our curricula are carefully enriched to allow experiences where our pupils, teachers and parents alike learn to grow through a conscious focus on virtues. Our virtues-led education approach helps to provide guidance to enable pupils to understand their choices in order to help lead better lives. Our pupils become self-reflective and flourish; they are able to build strong, meaningful relationships and understand their responsibilities to the global family and all creation, founded in faith. Pupils learn to experience faith through lived out through righteous living in thought, action and deed. 

Aspiring for Excellence: in all that we do.

Our pupils and staff alike aim to become the best human beings they can possibly be, in all aspects of spiritual, social, intellectual and physical life. We foster a school culture which inspires optimism and confidence, hope and determination for all to achieve their best possible. This is accomplished through a rich and challenging curriculum, along with excellent teaching to nurture awe and wonder. Pupils gain a breadth and depth of knowledge and a love of learning to achieve their full potential. 

The curriculum at Nishkam School West London has been carefully crafted to be broad, balanced and stimulating, giving every Nishkam student the opportunity to be knowledgeable, multi-skilled, highly literate, highly numerate, creative, expressive, compassionate and confident people.  Knowledge-rich, skills based and Faith-inspired, the Curriculum at Nishkam School West London is delivered through three Golden Threads that are unique to our ethos and virtues: 

1 Love and forgiveness vs. Enmity and Hate

2 Peace and Collaboration vs. Conflict and War  

3 Trust in God 

Every composite of our curriculum is constructed of components that have each of these threads at their core.  These elements can be clearly identified in our subject-based curriculum maps and Schemes of Learning documents.    

BTEC Enterprise is a dynamic, interesting and challenging course.  It is completely relevant to the world in which we live today, providing students with realistic learning experiences which they will carry on into life. They learn how to use relevant terms, concepts and methods effectively to describe business and economic behaviour.  Within the Enterprise department we want our pupils to develop as independent learners and encourage them to use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts from opinions, develop arguments and make informed judgements. Enterprise also makes a positive contribution to developing young people as individuals and participants in society, the economy and the environment.  During KS4 pupils will also have the opportunity to visit local businesses and observe entrepreneurship in practice. The subject gives the pupils the opportunity to develop their ICT skills in a business context. We want our pupils to acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to researching, planning, pitching and reviewing an enterprise idea as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. Pupils can develop their technical skills, such as market research skills, planning, promotional and financial skills using realistic work scenarios, and personal skills, (such as monitoring own performance, time management and problem solving) through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment. Pupils will acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to underpin their practical activities in assessment, which will complement their GCSE’s.  

The curriculum is necessarily aspirational, focused on excellence and on securing in all learners a love of learning through the acquisition of knowledge, the study and practice of faith, and an understanding of the world around them. One aspect of the curriculum is the school ethos of the golden threads. Students will learn via collaboration, peace, forgiveness, and love through each unit of work. 

Implementation: 

KS4 BTEC Enterprise is a subject which will be new to all learners should they choose it as an option for GCSE. The pupils will learn how to run an appropriate business, primarily focusing on customer service, finances, marketing, advertising, and presentation. The course follows the Edexcel BTEC Enterprise Tech Award Level 1&2 pathway. BTEC Enterprise is designed for pupils of all abilities to be able to access, but more importantly, it allows the Enterprise staff to really stretch and challenge those pupils at the top end of the scale due to rigorous coursework and assessment. This course is for those who have a real love and aptitude for business and who may wish to carry on their studies at A-level. KS4 classes are in mixed ability groups and teachers will ensure there is stretch and challenge for all pupils within each group. In each class, the teachers ensure that the pupils are going to meet/exceed their target grades via ongoing assessment, with the support of expert teacher knowledge, PowerPoints, and additional resources. This course ensures that all KS4 pupils have access to and are exposed to all the different criteria in order to ensure a broad curriculum is delivered. Homework tasks are used to support the content learnt in lessons and are an opportunity for pupils to underpin the learning they have conducted during the lesson time. The Enterprise team have the appropriate subject knowledge to deliver the curriculum and participate in on-going CPD sessions delivered by Edexcel which strengthen both pedagogical knowledge and subject knowledge.  

Year 10

Half Term 1 
Half Term 2 
Half Term 3 
Half Term 4 
Half Term 5 
Half Term 6 

Induction/ Exploring Enterprises -Component 1 

Key Tasks: 

  • Enterprise Characteristics  

  • SME’s  

  • Types  

  • Purposes 

Assessment: 

Coursework 1 - Enterprises: Success or Failure? 

 

Exploring Enterprises - Component 1 

Key Tasks: 

  • Entrepreneurs 

  • Customer Behaviour 

Assessment: 

Coursework 1 - Enterprises: Success or Failure? 

 

Exploring Enterprises - Component 1 

Key Tasks: 

  • Market Research 

  • Understanding Competitors 

  • Needs & Wants 

Assessment: 

Coursework 2 – Market Research: Customer Needs & Competitor Behaviour 

Exploring Enterprises - Component 1 

Key Tasks: 

  • Situational Analysis 

  • Measuring SME’s 

  • Legislation  

  • PEST 

Assessment: 

Coursework 3 - Factors: Success of an Enterprise 

 

Promotion and Finance for Enterprise - Component 3 

Key Tasks: 

  • Elements of the Promotional Mix and their Purposes 

  • Targeting and Segmenting the Market 

Assessment: 

Exam Question 

 

Promotion and Finance for Enterprise - Component 3

Key Tasks: 

  • Factors Influencing the Choice of Promotional Methods 

Assessment: 

Exam Questions and Practice Test 

 

Year 11

Half Term 1 
Half Term 2 
Half Term 3 
Half Term 4 
Half Term 5 
Half Term 6 

Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity -Component 2 

Key Tasks: 

  • Generating Ideas for a Microenterprise Activity  

  • Plan for a Microenterprise Activity 

Assessment - Coursework 1 – Planning a Microenterprise Activity 

Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity -Component 2 

Key Tasks: 

  • Pitching a Microenterprise Activity 

  • Presenting a Business Pitch 

Assessment -  

Coursework 2 - Pitching to Potential Investors 

Promotion and Finance for Enterprise - Component 3 

Key Tasks: 

  • Financial Documents 

  • Payment Methods 

  • Revenue and Costs 

  • Terminology 

  • Statement of Comprehensive Income 

Assessment: 

Exam Questions 

Promotion and Finance for Enterprise - Component 3 

Key Tasks: 

  • Profitability and Liquidity 

  • Using Cash Flow Data 

  • Financial Forecasting 

  • Suggesting Improvements to Cash Flow Problems 

Assessment: 

Exam Questions and Mock Exam 

Promotion and Finance for Enterprise - Component 3 

Key Tasks: 

  • Break-Even Analysis and Break-even Point 

  • Sources of Business Finance 

Assessment: 

Exam Questions and Component 3 Exam 

 

Enrichment Opportunities: 

  • Pupils will have the opportunity to meet a local businessperson to discuss any questions they may have 

  • Pupils will have the opportunity to take part in a model where they will be able to open their own business  

  • Pupil will have to chance to watch and interact with programs such as The Apprentice to help shape their mind and thoughts regarding business  

  • Pupils may have the opportunity to visit a local business to see how a local business is run day to day, furthermore, see the challenges Enterprise's face daily.  

Impact: 

Formative assessment is an integral part of our approach to Teaching and Learning. Over the course of their study, we will use weekly assessments (in class or for homework) to ensure that students are consistently retrieving their knowledge of different components. The purpose of this is to ensure all knowledge is retained (and any gaps are identified and addressed promptly); this will also inform teachers planning. Using this style of assessment, we will address any misconceptions and create an opportunity for pupils to be able to apply their knowledge to a wide variety of contexts.  

Pupils will also sit a summative assessment every term. This assessment will be cumulative and will assess not only what the students have learned over the previous terms, but also their understanding of all relevant material previously taught. Staff are supported to mark these accurately and post assessment moderation also takes place to ensure the validity of the data. All coursework and exams are marks externally by the exam board and data is analysed centrally.  

By the end of the course, all pupils will be able to: 

  • Understand how an Enterprise works 

  • Know the difference between the different types of Enterprises 

  • Know how to set up an Enterprise 

  • Identify different types of financial documents  

  • Understand the different skills needed to become an entrepreneur  

  • Develop an awareness of their enterprise capabilities so that they can consider owning their own Enterprise as an alternative career path 

  • Have an awareness about the correct employability skills needed for the changing world 

  • Interact with adults other than teachers to have real life examples and knowledge about Enterprise in the real world therefore challenging and enriching the pupils’ vocational opportunities