Acklam Grange

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Acklam Grange School


GCSE Economics

In GCSE Economics we aim to provide students with essential skills and knowledge to prepare them for the next step in their lives, whether that be further education, training or the workplace. The aim of the GCSE Economics curriculum is to develop students’ understanding of how the local / national / global economy works through analysing economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. We do this through quality teaching which ensures students understand underlying Economic theory which they then apply to a variety of familiar and unfamiliar case studies. We want students to be able to think analytically, reach logical conclusions based on data, and make judgements on future changes to markets and the economy. Our curriculum in Economics at Acklam Grange School goes far beyond what is taught in lessons, for whilst we want students to achieve the very best examination results possible, we believe our curriculum goes beyond what is examinable; we are preparing our students for life in modern Britain. Our curriculum in Economics supports the PRIDE values of the school and promotes British values. Students are constantly challenged to work collaboratively and think independently when engaging in all lessons and class debates. For those that have selected to study this academic course, we want them to fully experience an insight into the breadth of knowledge, skills and capabilities a study of economics provides.  As a result of this exposure, the students become informed, enquiring and discerning citizens, enabling them to understand their rights, make informed choices and avoid negative consequences. As a British citizen, all students will eventually have the right to vote, and are going to be paying taxes. Through the study of economics, they develop an understanding of the UK taxation system and the role of government and the public sector. Cultural Capital is embedded throughout the Economics curriculum. Our students are constantly introduced to a wide variety of viewpoints from some of the most influential economists throughout history. We investigate the impact that their work has had on the world we live in and students are encouraged to make links between their studies and real-life examples. Students undertake this whilst developing an increased understanding into current events happening globally. In addition to our aims, our curriculum design includes revisiting and building on existing knowledge. We ensure the level of challenge is high enough for the most able, with scaffold and support available for students who need it.