I’ve been looking over the specimen papers for the new Business course and I think we need to do more explicit teaching of quantitative skills, in particular to do with interpreting graphs as well as data in tables. I’m in two minds about how to approach this: should it be a ‘skill of the week’ approach, or just slotted in as and when it’s appropriate? The former means that it’s less likely to be overlooked, especially as there will be five of us teaching the new course. On the other hand, the latter might help to put the skills in context – using them in the way that pupils might find them in an exam paper. Either way, I think there needs to be a lot of practice of looking at data (A LOT!), possibly as part of each fortnightly ‘nothing new’ lesson. I must remember to add this in to the Scheme of Work.


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