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If, like me, you are an advocate of vocational education and understand the power it has to up-skill and change young peoples’ lives then I’m sure that you were fascinated to hear the government’s recent announcement with regards to the introduction of level 3 ‘Technical Level’ qualifications.
According to statistics, the uptake of vocational qualifications has risen by nearly 200% since 1995 whilst the number of students taking A levels has risen by just over 20%.
Given the right content and assessment pattern, vocational Business studies can be highly effective in preparing students for the world of work – having a particularly strong impact on improving confidence, harnessing creativity and building an understanding of the need to work in teams. Added to this, comes an in-depth knowledge of how a business works.
Alongside the Technical Level qualification announcement there are other equally interesting details starting to emerge.read more...»
[Updated 10 May 2013]
We're updating, upgrading and extending our collection of business studies revision quizzes here on tutor2u. Set out below is a list of the existing revision quizzes which we've grouped into some broad topic categories. Each time we add a new quiz, it will appear below on this list. Have fun, revise hard, and don't forget to save the revision quizzes you like to your favourites and share links to them on Facebook and Twitter.
Where relevant, we have indicated the qualification level for which the questions are particularly intended (e.g. "GCSE")read more...»
When introducing a new topic, I’ve always liked the idea of starting with an activity that enables the students to generate business theory for themselves. This simple activity does just that.
This popular CPD course from the tutor2u team looks at how we can make the teaching and learning of finance fun! There are still a few places left on the next available course - which is in London on Monday 24 September 2012.read more...»
The resource for Making Finance Fun 2012 - our new CPD course for Business teachers - are coming along nicely. I thought you might like a sneak preview - see screenshots below.read more...»
The latest edition of Business Cafe, our case-study digital magazine for Level 2 and Level 3 business studies courses, is now available to subscribers. An outline of each new case study is provided below.read more...»
After a relatively successful series of picks last year, we’ve now come up with our suggestions for twelve firms to follow for A2 business students wanting to deepen their understanding of real businesses as they prepare for their final exam papers this summer.read more...»
The Christmas 2011 edition of Business Cafe - our digital learning resource for all Level 2 and Level 3 business courses, is now available to subscribing schools and colleges. Details of the new articles and case studies in this edition are summarised below.read more...»
The Easter 2011 edition of Business Cafe - our digital case study magazine for all Business Studies courses - is now available to subscribing schools and colleges. Details of the Easter 2011 case studies and a sample download below…read more...»
As we enter a period dominated by “cuts”, here is a profile of an industry which thrives on cuts. Some great business lesson material here on market segmentation, adding value and the nature of demand for a product.read more...»
If your A2 business students aren’t studying Nokia as part of their final few months - they should be. And this terrific article in the Guardian provides the perfect starting point for students to begin their analysis and evaluation of the strategic challenges facing Nokia.
Nokia’s new CEO Stephen Elop likens the strategic position of Nokia as akin to the dilemma faced by an oil worker standing on North Sea oil platform facing a raging fire on multiple fronts. The worker rationalises that he has no choice but to jump into the unknown - to dive into the freezing water to survive. It was the burning platform which made the choice so stark. A memo from Elop is reproduced in the article together with some background on the competitiveness issues faced by Nokia. I suspect the memo will become a classic on MBA courses for years to come. Highly recommended.
If Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden, Richard Branson, Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King, outgoing M&S CEO Stuart Rose and Pepsico’s CEO Indra Nooyi are prepared to appear in a video like this, then you know that the issue of CSR (and specifically sustainability) has truly risen to the top of the hierarchy of corporate objectives!
The new ‘Eco warriors or business leaders’ video is all part of Prince Charles’ Accounting for Sustainability initiative, which is ‘bringing organisations together to develop practical tools to enable environmental and social performance to be better connected with strategy and financial performance, and thereby embedded into day-to-day operations and decision making’.
Ok - so the video is a bit cheesy. But it’s a perfect stimulus video to show students as an introduction for their AQA BUSS4 research project too...read more...»
A terrific article about Will King and his business King of Shaves in the Telegraph which I highly recommend to all business teachers.
Will King is trying to compete in what is effectively an monopoly market. One global brand dominates the worldwide shaving habits of men and women - Gillette. How can King of Shaves possibly compete against the might of such a business. To put things in perspective, Gillette is launching a new razor in the UK in late January 2011 and is expected to spend almost £50m on launch promotion alone. King of Shaves also has a new razor launching on the same day - but the firm has had just £4m of external investment since it was formed. Gillette has over 80% of the UK market.
The article is rich in business studies material. Lots of good data on market share (note how the use of volume data is mainly used). The shareholding structure of King of Shaves is described, as is King’s growth strategy into the huge US market (perfect Ansoff Matrix material). The references to pricing strategy are also really useful - lots of scope here to ask students to conduct some basic market research on pricing by the main brands in the UK shaving market.
You can follow Will King on Twitter here - something I also recommend
The girls in the office have just reminded me that we only have about 50 copies of Teen-Trepreneur, the superb board game for business students, left in stock. We’ll be getting some more after Christmas, but if you fancy getting one (or more) as the departmental Christmas pressie, then you’ll need to move quickly!
In Teen-Trepreneur students choose to run one of six businesses in the game and are given the challenge of leading it to business success! Each business is different in terms of its opening value and start-up capital; each entrepreneur has a personality and business background that will also affect the chances of success.
The objective for students is to be the first to achieve £5,000 profit. They’ll only do that if they take risks and manage sales and costs effectively. Students can run a luxurious hotel or an everyday market stall. They can even invest in the businesses run by other players! So let the entrepreneurial challenge begin.
Over 10,000 colleagues have now downloaded our cash-flow murder mystery activity - Cash Flow Clue-doh! And we’re getting an increasing number of enquiries asking what the solution is!read more...»
Business Insights 2011 is tutor2u’s new student enrichment day which is designed to support A2 and BTEC National students who wish to gain detailed insights into business management.
The new one-day conference has been developed following many requests from recent delegates to our Business Teacher National Conferences. Quite simply, you asked that we offer business students access to the same kind of inspirational and insightful speakers that our teaching colleagues have so enjoyed.
Business Insights 2011 will feature up to five sessions, each with a recognised business expert. We have started making invitations to some of our favourite business speakers and it should be a terrific line-up for the inaugural conference on Wednesday 9 February 2011 at the Vue Cinema, Fulham Broadway.
We’re trying to give the conference a strong international dimension and to offer a range of sessions that provide detailed insights into each of the main functional areas of business. So, for example, the sessions might look like this:
International marketing - what does it take to build a global brand?
HRM in a multinational
Raising finance for growth - insights from a quoted company FD
Innovation and quality - tips from a manufacturing expert
Strategy & leadership - straight from a well-known CEO
The conference is likely to be very popular, so we set up an online booking form to allow colleagues to make provisional bookings for the event (which will be priced at our normal workshop rate of £20 per student, with teacher places free)
Here’s a great opportunity to discover some innovative and inspiring ways to enhance teaching and learning using ICT in the Business Studies classroom…read more...»
The dates for our popular two-day CPD conference for colleagues delivering BTEC First/National Business courses are now available. We’re going to be meeting on:
- Wednesday 11 May 2011 (BTEC First)
- Thursday 12 May 2011 (BTEC National)
The venue is still being determined. We’ve got a couple of very special locations under close consideration which follow the pattern set by our previous two venues (Chelsea FC & Jaguar). It will (once again) be a fantastic conference venue closely tied to a well-known business where we can enjoy specialist speaker input and ideally a business tour during the conferences!
The provisional booking form is now live - where you can request delegate places in advance of clearing the paperwork at college or school. Here is the link:
We have started the work building the conference programmes which will once again be packed full with fresh ideas, approaches, materials and other resources for teaching the new BTEC specs.
These BTEC conferences really are one of our annual highlights. They provide the chance to meet colleagues from other centres, discuss and share ideas and approaches, and above all they are an opportunity to invest in your professional development. Highly recommended!
I’m delighted to announce the initial details of our student enrichment event for Autumn 2010 - Entrepreneurs LIVE! 2010.
The event is being held at two of our favourite venues:
London Westfield (Vue Cinema) - Monday 15 November 2010
Salford Lowry Mall (Vue Cinema) - Ruesday 16 November 2010
Entrepreneurs LIVE! 2010 will be a fantastic student enrichment day for students taking part in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010. It will also be invaluable for ALL BUSINESS STUDENTS who need to develop their underdstanding of how successful businesses are started and grown. The programme will provide your students with the insights, ideas and inspirations from some of the UK’s top entrepreneurs…and also give them the chance to compete for spot prizes by taking our business challenge quizzes and pitching business ideas to the audience.
I’m delighted that two of our speakers (for both London and Manchester) have already been confirmed….read more...»
I like this new article on the approach taken by John Lewis Partnership towards effective customer service. An excellent and accessible summary that would be well worth students (and teachers!)adding to their notes. The points about empowering employees and encouraging them to show enterprise are particularly powerful.
Just back from our great two-day CPD event for BTEC teachers at the stunning Jaguar Visitor Centre at Castle Bromwich. I jotted down the following notes from a great talk given by Adam Henderson from the Jaguar marketing department today - ideal material for the BTEC National marketing units and plenty of crossover too for other business courses…read more...»
At today’s BTEC National conference, I gave a brief presentation showcasing some video resources which can be used to support teaching and learning for the new BTEC National Business specifications from September 2010. I’ll add more details about each one to the blog in the coming days. But for now, here are the links to the videos…read more...»
The stunning Jaguar Cars Factory & Training Centre in Coventry is the venue for our BTEC National in Business CPD day on Thursday 18 March 2010. There are still some places available for colleagues who would like to join us for a day which is packed full of ideas and resources for delivering the new BTEC National specification. Programme details are set out below.read more...»
tutor2u’s Annual Conferences for BTEC First Business and BTEC National Business will be held at the stunning Jaguar Cars Conference Centre in Coventry in on the 17th & 18th of March 2010.read more...»
They are here - tutor2u’s new Business Influence Cards!read more...»
Exam board specific materials will be added to the relevant subject blog categories
Its often work digging through investor presentations to get a sense of where the growth areas are in a market - here is a good example…read more...»
A superb, provocative post on the Business Teacher Teacher Forum. What is your view?
A superb presentation from the marketing department at Chelsea FC was one of the highlights at the inaugural BTEC National in Business Annual Conference 2008. You can download a copy of the presentation from this blog entry…read more...»
The workshop programmes for the BTEC First & National Business CPD conferences have been finalised today. Here are the details of what promise to be two practical and useful days for all BTEC practitioners at a superb business venue…read more...»
The programme for our BTEC First in Business Conference on 6 November 2008 has just been finalised…read more...»