Online Safety: “Screen Addiction”

As part of the #WakeUpWednesday campaign and Mental Health Awareness Week,  the National Online Safety Team (NOS) have created a FREE guide for schools to share regarding “Screen Addiction” – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe. The guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’. Please access the free guide for parents here:

Year 9 PSHE Programme: Tapestry

“Tapestry” is a theatre production designed to give pupils a safe space to discuss sensitive and controversial questions about how and why young people can get drawn into extremist ideologies. The play is interactive, with the action stopping at intervals so that pupils can talk to the characters in the play and ask them questions or give them advice. This production addresses the five fundamental British Values of democracy , rule of law, tolerance of different cultures and religions, mutual respect and individual liberty and is part of the school’s response to the “Prevent” strategy. For more information about Tapestry, follow the weblink below:

Work Experience: Year 10

If your Year 10 child has not yet confirmed their Work Experience, please support them by contacting employers as Work Experience starts 16th July and places must be confirmed by 29th March. For more information, contact Miss Homer or click on “pupils” and read the “Work Experience” section.

Parent View

We would like to remind parents that Ofsted’s “Parent View” facility is always open and allows you to give feedback across a range of areas. Please click here to access the site, where you will be prompted to login or create a new account. You can also access this page through our “School Performance” tab, in the Ofsted section.


Year 11 Leavers

Congratulations to our Year 11 leavers who performed superbly in this summer’s GCSE exams. We are delighted that 67% of our pupils gained a good (9-4) pass in both English and Maths and that 45% gained a strong (9-5) pass in both English and Maths. 27 pupils also managed to gain an average of an A grade or better in their best 8 subjects. Our school P8 score is +0.03, above the national average of -0.03 for state-funded schools. Good luck to all of you in your next steps after Hall Green School.

Subjects/Qualifications Offered

GCSE (9-1) Business Studies
GCSE Business Studies (Legacy specification: Current Year 11 only)

Pupils have the opportunity to study business at KS4 (years 10 and 11). GCSE Business Studies examines all
major areas of business activity and provides students with skills and knowledge that will assist them in their future careers. GCSE Business Studies also provides a launch pad for further study in Business, Economics, Commerce and Accounts. Topics covered include enterprise, business structures, marketing, human resources, finance, accounts and production. Some Business Studies lessons are taught in computer suites and students have the chance to develop their ICT, data analysis, research, presentational and entrepreneurial skills.

We have links with Birmingham City Football Club, Coca Cola, The Premier League, Cadbury, Rolls Royce and Mughal-e-Azam. Our students have participated in numerous regional enterprise competitions and a national investment competition with notable success.  In 2017 and 2016 we were West Midlands “Coca Cola Real Business Challenge” winners and were runners up in 2015.  As part of the 2016 competition, eight of our Year 10 pupils reached the grand final of this competition which was held in the Houses of Parliament, London.  Other successes include first prize for one of our Year 11 pupils in the  South Birmingham College Dragons Den competition, an event in which four more of our pupils also made the final.

Current Programme of Study

The reformed 9-1 GCSE has the following programme of study:

  • Year 10- Investigating small business.
  • Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship.
  • Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity.
  • Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice.
  • Topic 1.4 Making the business effective.
  • Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business.

Year 11- Building a business.
Topic 2.1 Growing the business.
Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions.
Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions.
Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions
Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions

The legacy GCSE (A*-G) has the following programme of study:

  • Unit 1 Introduction to Small Business.
  • Unit 2 Investigating Small Business.
  • Unit 3 Building a Business.
How will they be assessed?

Edexcel 9-1 GCSE

Year 10: End of topic tests (mid-year progress checks) and a mock examination in June
Year 11: End of topic tests (mid-year progress checks) and two formal Summer examinations (50% per paper)

Paper 1: Investigating small business. 1hr 30 mins (90 marks). 50% of overall grade.
Paper 2: Building a business. 1hr 30 mins (90 marks). 50% of overall grade.

Legacy A*-G GCSE (Current Year 11 only)

Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business. 45 mins (40 marks). 25% of overall grade.

Unit 2 Investigating Small Business. Controlled Assessment task, completed and marked internally (40 marks). 25% of overall grade.

Unit 3 Building a Business. 1hr 30mins (90 marks). 50% of overall grade.

Current Examination Board(s)


Link to the syllabus, examination board page and past papers:

Edexcel 9-1 GCSE

Business 2017 Syllabus

Legacy A*-G GCSE (Current Year 11 only)

Edexcel GCSE Business Syllabus


Recommended resources/websites/apps/revision guides

Edexcel 9-1 GCSE

We are currently using the following resources:


Revision guide

Business Studies revision guide

Business 2017 Syllabus

Legacy A*-G GCSE (Current Year 11 only)

We are currently using the following resources:

Revision guide Business, Economics and Law Revision

Edexcel GCSE Business Syllabus