Computing & ICT, Business Studies & Economics
Computing & ICT
The faculty has seven teachers and a network management team of three. Four of the teachers are ICT and/or computing specialists and three are Business Studies and/or Economics experts. The enthusiasm and subject knowledge of staff empower students to take responsibility for their own learning.
There are ten networked computer rooms that run Microsoft Office 2013 and a range of other software packages including Adobe Design suite CS6. These make it possible to deliver imaginative lessons set in a context that students can relate to. The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of technology an essential skill for life. Our students are taught technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. We regularly achieve spectacular results with over 75% of our year 11 students attaining higher grades (A* - C & equivalent) at the end of KS4 on average over the last 5 years.
Our aim is to support and inspire our students to become digitally literate, confident and creative.
The courses we run
Computer science is a compulsory subject and is taught to all of our students at KS3 and students will follow either the GCSE Computing course from OCR or Edexcel GCSE ICT through to public examination level.
Within the sixth form, Information Communication Technology is a very popular choice with students making good progress and many going on to study IT and computing related courses at university level. Our A level course is the OCR A' level ICT and our vocational offering is the Cambridge Technicals.
Learning from home and useful websites
The best way to support your child outside of the classroom is to help them keep up to date with ever changing technology stories as they are reported in the daily news. Additionally we encourage students to watch BBC Click! , Channel 5’s The Gadget Show and other technology and computing based media output.
It is not necessary for students to have access to any particular suite of software at home but within the faculty our most used programmes are the Microsoft Office 2013 and Adobe Design & Web Premium CS6 application software packages.
For programming we use Scratch, Python and HTML . These are available online and free to use as is the music manipulation software Audacity.
If a student struggles with computer access at home they are very welcome to use the facilities in school, either in the library at break and lunch or in M18 after school each day.
Some useful websites:
For parents - http://www.kidsandcomputers.co.uk/
We also run computer club everyday open to all students until 4.15. We offer opportunities to complete coursework, homework, build on software skills and start new projects.
Business Studies & Economics
It is our aim within the Business Studies and Economics department to ensure that our students gain an interesting and enjoyable understanding of the wider business environment, learning about cutting edge, modern companies and organisations whilst becoming more aware of the world around them and how it affects their future.
Business is a subject that is continually evolving and is especially interesting for students who have never studied it before, where hopefully we will discover the next “Apprentice” or future “Dragons Den” entrepreneurs!
In economics we are hoping to shape the understanding of how both the national and international economy works. Economics is studied at A level and we engage students in considering the causes and solutions to global economic problems such as the financial crisis and world poverty.
Courses we run
Business studies is a subject that is a very popular option at Key Stage 4 (End of Year 9) where currently we offer two courses - Edexcel GCSE Business Studies and BTEC First Award in Business.
Also at Key Stage 5, Edexcel Business Studies and Edexcel Economics are offered at AS/A2 and among the most heavily chosen subjects in the whole sixth form.
Items of interest
Being such a vibrant subject means that what we study can also be continually updated and made more relevant. Understanding how the iPod has been such a success, how Britney Spears can charge £29.99 for her eau de toilette, how to cope under pressure at interviews? These among others are all areas that we study and try to understand better. We regularly take students on trips to different organisations to ensure that their theory can be seen put in practice. Other outside speakers from local businesses also come into lessons to highlight the real nature of the subject to students.
In Economics we consider how both micro economic issues affect individual businesses and markets Students also gain an understanding of how government’s struggle to deal with macroeconomic effects such as inflation and unemployment and growth.
Great Baddow Social, Moral, Cultural and Spiritual education through ICT Business & Enterprise
The ICT curriculum at Great Baddow High School enables students to consider and produce work that meets the needs of different audiences within the community. Students’ are encouraged to research and work collaboratively to find appropriate solutions to issues that may affect particular groups within society. Students are able to develop their skills in a range of software in groups to find solutions whilst developing respect for the ideas and opinions of other students. Students look closely at the impact of ICT on society and the implications of the digital divide, identifying and offering solutions to issues caused by a lack of access to new and emerging technologies. Students in Business studies are expected to research the needs of local business, they are encouraged to engage with the impact of competition and targeting on those businesses in order to identify solutions for small business in a difficult economic environment.
By looking at real world situations students are able consider the issues surrounding the misuse of personal data. The use of case studies encourages students to draw conclusions through evidence rather than their preconceptions whilst allow the students the time to reflect on their own personal perceptions of a topic. Students explore the use and misuse of advertising techniques by companies in relation to their use of music, images, personal opinions and statistics. Students are then able to develop their own morals by viewing the impacts of advertising. In Economics students are exposed through real life case studies to the morality of specific economic models. They research the effects of taxation, inflation and unemployment and examine how those policies have external effects on the population as a whole
The students’ use of social networks is explored including how different nations censor the internet for their citizens and how this impacts on the culture. Students are also challenged to think about how differing cultures access and use the internet and what implications this has on the individual and the culture. The students are encouraged through participation in events held by the local CBI to involve themselves in the different promotional opportunities that are relevant to local businesses. This can involve social networking and the explosion of access to global markets through the internet.
Students are always reflecting on ICT in their own lives and the lives of others as they look at various case studies. Students debate and together create their own set of values and beliefs based on their own experiences. Students will look at how ICT can bring rapid benefits to discussions and tolerance to an individual’s beliefs. They are also exposed to the abuse of the internet where they question and justify the aims, values and principles of their own and others’ belief systems. Business students study various models for business success including the not for profit or charity sectors. They research motivational factors that enhance the social aspects of working life and gain an understanding of how entrepreneurship can make a difference in real people’s lives.