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The characteristics of effective learning and teaching in business education in secondary schools are identified in...
The characteristics of effective learning and teaching in business education in secondary schools are identified in a report published today in the series by HM Inspectors of Schools 'Effective Learning and Teaching in Scottish Secondary Schools'.

The report results from over 150 inspections in business education conducted since 1983 and from the monitoring and evaluation by HM Inspectors of developments in the teaching of business education.

This is the 13th report of a series in which HM Inspectorate describe learning and teaching in the separate subjects of secondary schools. They originate from the inspectorate's earlier report on 'Effective Secondary Schools' (HMSO, 1988).

The main purpose of the reports is to identify the features which are found to contribute to effective learning and teaching of business education and to encourage schools to examine and evaluate their own practice in the light of the good practice described in the report.

Commenting on the report, Scottish education minister Raymond Robertson said:

'I welcome the publication of a further report in this important series which identifies good practice in learning and teaching. Business education is an important and rich area of the curriculum. It contributes to the personal development of young people. It prepares them for further study or employment in a wide range of occupations.

'Crucially, however, it also makes pupils aware of the vital role which enterprise and enterprising behaviour play in our society. I very much hope that schools will consider this report and use it, in conjunction with the Higher Still reforms and the introduction of a Standard Grade in Business Management, to build on existing good practice and provide important learning opportunities for pupils'.

-- Copies of the report may be obtained from HMSO Bookshop, 71 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9AZ (Tel 0131 228 4181) price£6 each.

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