Introduction

DEPARTMENTAL AIMS AND ETHOS
 
A. In terms of its pupils the Department aims to do the following:

  • Prepare them as effectively as possible for public examinations
  • Provide as stimulating an environment as possible for the teaching of Economics and Business Studies.
  • Develop pupil’s awareness of current and relevant issues in Economics and /or Business
  • Foster a sense of responsibility towards the environment
  • Advise and direct pupils who are considering Tertiary education in an Economics or Business-related field.
Specific Departmental Aims 
  • Expectations of ALL Students are high – all pupils should maximize their potential.
  • Students should become at ease with using the appropriate economics/business terminology. They should be able to understand the relevant concepts and methods to address current relevant issues, and be aware of the limitations of these methods.
  • Students should be able to distinguish fact from opinion and evaluate/ analyse data in order to make informed judgements.
  • Students should have a detailed knowledge of the workings of the UK Economy and the Business world.
  • Respect for Diversity and Tolerance
 
Apart from academic excellence, the Department also aims at promoting a multicultural learning environment both within the Department and the school in general. It is the firm belief of the Department that such an environment enhances learning, builds up students’ self-esteem and encourages all to develop respectful behaviour towards others. In this, the Department encourages dialogue and open, frank discussions on issues which might challenge discriminatory attitudes and/or established norms. At the same time, the Department has a zero-tolerance policy towards graffiti and expects all students to show respect to the physical environment in which they work.
 
B. In terms of its staff, the Department aims to do the following: 
  • Provide ample opportunity for professional development, both within and outside the Department.  Regular Inset will be provided as well as other training courses whenever possible.
  • To foster an environment of collegiality and team-work. There should be a culture of resource-sharing and cooperation to maximize both teachers’ and pupils’ potential.
  • To develop a culture of constructive debate, consensus and discussion to facilitate decision-making.
  • Provide an intellectually stimulating environment for teachers to develop their skills as classroom practitioners.
  • Provide ample opportunity for management experience by delegation of management tasks and responsibilities.
 
C. In terms of its resources, the Department aims to do the following: 
  • The Economics Department is a well-resourced department. As well as an extensive collection of economics books and journals in the School Library we also have a variety of journals and periodicals available in the Department. Students are asked to subscribe to Economics Today, a journal for Economics AL students that is very useful for the course.
  • The Department itself subscribes regularly to the Business Review, the Economic Review, Economics Today, the Economist and other leading periodicals.
  • In addition, we have computers both in the office, for teacher use, and in the Departmental teaching rooms which are used for classroom teaching. Our classrooms are equipped with computers and projectors to facilitate the use of ICT in our lessons.
  • Also, the Department undertakes further to provide its students with an Articles & Notes Booklet which will be used extensively throughout the Economics course followed.
  • Use is also made of ICT in facilitating our work and improving learning, for example Realsmart is used to give and receive homework, upload relevant articles as well as access past papers.
 
D. In terms of boosting student motivation, the Department aims to do the following:
  • The Department encourages student creativity; it organizes every year a poster & project competition held amongst Year 4 students in order to motivate them and encourage creative and original work. Students so far have responded with great enthusiasm.
  • Also, for years now, an essay competition is organised for year 7 students, known as the D. Demetriou essay competition held in memory of an old student of the Department
  • The Department encourages students to attend and/ or organize, via the Economics Society, lectures and other economic events, this way providing ample opportunity to the students to learn beyond the classroom
  • Finally, the Department offers every week ‘surgeries’ to those students who feel they can benefit with additional coaching and guidance. Our aim is, as always, to improve student performance and equip our students so that they excel in the external exam.

 

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