Gifted & Talented Provision in Business & Econ

Business Studies: Gifted and Talented Policy

In the Business Studies department, we believe that all pupils are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential, be that intellectual, physical, aesthetic, creative, emotional, spiritual or social.  We also believe that pupils should also be able to live and develop as well-adjusted, autonomous and valued members of society.  All pupils have particular and individual needs, which must be met if these goals are to be achieved.  Therefore it is important that as far as possible, the education of every pupil should be individually planned.

The department is committed to providing a sufficiently challenging curriculum for all its pupils, regardless of ability. However, we are also committed to providing opportunities to identify, and in turn nurture, those who are gifted.

The Business Studies department has a designated G & T representative. The current representative is Cathryn Roberts

Business Studies definition of ‘Gifted or Talented’

The Business Studies department at Toot Hill School considers the following criteria to be important in defining what is meant by being Gifted and Talented in Business Studies. 

  • Excellent performance relative to peer group as identified through the school assessment system, Year 9 SATs results, and classwork, coursework and tests
  • High productivity in tasks with high quality of creativity e.g. in the production of marketing campaign or presentation/display work.
  • Very skilful and speedy processing of information as shown through rapid response to class questioning and work. e.g. looking at organisation structures and matching roles to departments.
  • Highly efficient memory and application of knowledge to solving business problems e.g. which solution should a business use to improve its profitability.
  • Very curious about events and how things work as demonstrated through their background knowledge of the subject, interest in current affairs, use of relevant examples in class work and ability to ask appropriate questions about topics.
  • Able to model using abstract ideas or convert abstract ideas to a simple understandable model e.g. when studying motivational theories.
  • Good communicator – as demonstrated in questions and answer sessions, discussion and presentation work.
  • Good mathematician – as demonstrated throughout the finance module.
  • Work independently and concerted on tasks to complete them or take them to an appropriate end by making a judgement depending upon present knowledge.
    • e.g. coursework assignment or problem solving exercises.

Departmental identification of Gifted Pupils

It must be noted that the Business Studies department only begins to teach students once they reach year 8.  In year 8, pupils study Enterprise, a subject for which there is no pre-existing data.  Therefore it is important to recognise the unique difficulties that staff in the Business Studies department face in identifying Gifted and Talented pupils.

Despite this, the following assessment data are used to identify Gifted and Talented pupils:

  • MIDYIS scores
  • KS3 Enterprise assessments
  • FFT(type D) data
  • KS4 Controlled assessment grades
  • Teacher assessment

A register of Gifted and Talented pupils will be provided to every teacher at the start of each academic year. This register will also be available on the central resource library. If a teacher identifies a gifted pupil using the above criteria, their name should be passed on to the gifted and talented representative for addition to the register. The register is a fluid document and can be edited at any time of the year. The Business department will also keep its own register in order to monitor any gifted and talented pupils, particularly those entering KS4 and KS5 subjects for the first time.

Departmental Provision 

a) Teaching and Learning

Schemes of work have been written to consider the abilities of all students. In all subjects taught at KS4 and KS5 levels, there are opportunities to develop analytical and evaluative skills by applying knowledge to new situations which will stretch the most capable students.

b) Strategies

In addition to enriched and extended schemes of work, the following strategies are used to help realise the potential of Gifted and Talented students:

  • The regular monitoring and reporting of individual student performance as part of normal departmental procedures. Specific problems with a gifted pupil should be raised on a Gifted and Talented Pupil Concern Form and returned to the Leading Teacher for G and T provision (CLW.)
  • Encouraging the use of alternative means of research, such as databases, online records and the internet (e.g. Gapminder); likewise, encouraging the use of ICT as a means of presenting those ideas, such as PowerPoint.
  • Opportunities for students to take part in educational visits to see how the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom is applied in the Business world.
  • Promotion of extra reading of Business and Economics articles using the departmental Twitter account, G&T mailing lists and display boards within the classroom.
  • Opportunities for students to participate in external enterprise competitions and programs, allowing them to put knowledge into practice.  
  • Recognition, celebration and rewarding of achievement of all pupils within the department via a recognised reward system.
  • Continuing professional development of staff which addresses the implications of gifted and talented pupils in teaching and learning.

c) Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Target setting using KS3 APS data, MidYISdata. Review of progress at each of 3 assessment points during the year.
  • Analysis of examination results at KS3, KS4 and KS5,identifying % of G and T cohort performing above the upper quartile
  • Analysis of examination results using Fischer Family Trust (FFT) data / THT.

Toot Hill Business Department
February 2015

Enrichment Opportunities

Year Group Activities Date
7 iGNITE Student Company Ongoing
8 iGNITE Student Company Ongoing
9 Chatsworth House Trip
iGNITE Student Company
10 Coca Cola Trip
Young Enterprise
iGNITE Student Company
11 iGNITE Student Company (Directors in this year group)
Bank of England Trip
12 Bingham Day Nursery Trip and interview with manager
Young Enterprise
13 Circle Café trip and interview with manager February

Reading List

A level Business


The Entrepreneur’s Book of Checklists: 1000 Tips to Help You Start and Grow Your Business (Robert Ashton)

With most business books, I put them down after the reading the first paragraph or two, and they gather dust.  With this one, I return to it again and again.  It is the kind of book that has experienced entrepreneurs nodding their heads and making mental notes of the ideas and tricks they have missed. Highly recommended.

The Entrepreneur’s Book of Checklists: 1000 Tips to Start and Grow Your Business

How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal All (Rachel Bridge)

We are big fans of Rachel’s writing and she kindly spoke at a tutor2u business teacher event a year ago.  This book is provides easy to read insights into the stories of 40 successful start-up entrepreneurs.  Great to dip into for an example or two (or more)

How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal All

My Big Idea (Rachel Bridge)

In this book, Rachel takes a step back to consider what is behind the good business ideas that are converted into successful businesses. Easy reading with strong, relevant insights.

My Big Idea: 30 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Found Inspiration

From Acorns (Caspian Woods)

Eminently readable, we really enjoyed reading this book.  Written by a man who has “been there” (to coin a phrase) but has retained that sense of passion about the challenges of setting up a successful business.  Clearly written for the budding but committed entrepreneur, students can pickly pick up some practical insights from this book.

From Acorns: How to Build a Brilliant Business

The “Financial Times” Guide to Business Start Up 2008 (Sara Williams)

In the print world, this is the start-up bible (it was previously known as the LLoyds TSB Small Business Guide”).  Effectively it is a reference guide to the process of starting a business.  A trusted source of detailed information on start-up issues, although perhaps because of its depth, it lacks a little in readability.

The “Financial Times” Guide to Business Start Up 2008


Books written by successful entrepreneurs who tell their life stories are not to everyone’s taste.  Nevertheless they are popular and often provide accessible insights into what it takes to start and build a winning business.

Duncan Bannatyne - Anyone Can Do It

Anyone Can Do It: My Story

Lord Karan Bilimoria - Bottled for Business

Bottled for Business: The Less Gassy Guide to Entrepreneurship

The Beermat Entrepreneur - Mike Southon

The Beermat Entrepreneur: Turn Your Good Idea into a Great Business


Your Idea Can Make You Rich- Evan Davies

Your Idea Can Make You Rich

“Dragons’ Den”: Success, from Pitch to Profit - BBC

“Dragons’ Den”: Success, from Pitch to Profit

Dragons Den: Complete BBC Series 2 (DVD)

Dragons Den: Complete BBC Series 2

Dragons Den - Complete BBC Series 1 (DVD)

Dragons’ Den: Complete BBC Series 1


  • GCSE Business Studies - 2nd Edition  Anderton   (Causeway Press)
  • Business Studies Now for GCSE - 2nd Edition   Borrington and Stimpson   (Hodder Education)
  • GCSE Business Studies   Butler and Hardy   (Oxford University Press)
  • Essential Business Studies for You   Dransfield   (Nelson Thornes)
  • Business Studies for GCSE – 4th Edition    Huggett   (Collins Education)
  • GCSE A-Z Business Studies Handbook   Jenkins   (Hodder Arnold)
  • GCSE Business Studies   Kerr   (Hodder and Stoughton)
  • The Complete A-Z Business Studies Handbook   Lines et al   (Hodder Arnold)
  • Business Studies for You   Needham and Dransfield   (Nelson Thornes)
  • Comprehensive Business Studies   Whitcomb   (Longman)
  • AQA GCSE Business Studies 3 Edition   Alain Anderton  (Causeway)

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