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The purpose of this statement is to provide members with NZCETA policy on business studies in secondary schools. It can be used to:

  • Provide input to the development of an individual school’s policy statement;
  • Provide information to be used in curriculum co-ordination exercises;
  • Develop an individual school’s prospectus and curriculum programmes;
  • Provide information for use with students, parents and the wider school community.

Business Studies is about how individuals and groups of people organise, plan, and act to create and develop goods and services to satisfy customers.

Business Studies students will have opportunities to understand the integral role of busi ness in society and the economy through exploring enterprise culture, gain ing knowledge and understanding of good business practice and of bu siness as a productive activity and acquiring greater financial capability.

Links with the New Zealand Curriculum
Business Studies programmes will address the New Zealand Curriculum requirements relating to the Principles, Values, and Key Competencies (Thinking, Using language, symbols and texts, Managing self, Relating to others, Participating and contributing): as well as the individual school’s Mission Statement and Strategic Goals.

Students of Business Studies will further develop the key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum (and ngā uara me ngā waiaro or values and attitudes of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa) through fostering qualities such as initiative, resilience, and resourcefulness and skills such as problem solving, co-operation, decision making, negotiation, and communication skills.

Issues such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation (see the future focus principle of The New Zealand Curriculum ) are central to both business and the study of business.

Business Studies has learning objectives that describe the intended outcomes at Levels 6, 7 and 8 of the New Zealand Curriculum. The teaching of Business Studies at Level 5 of the New Zealand Curriculum covers achievement objectives from Social Sciences.

Programmes including content, delivery and assessment should reflect the curriculum principles stated in the New Zealand Curriculum Framework and the individual school's charter.

Entry Points
At Years 9 and 10 schools offer a variety of programmes to enable students to achieve business studies education objectives.  Business Studies is offered as a course of study at Years 11, 12 and 13.