Retail and Fashion Intent, Implementation & Impact


At Boldon School, all aspects of the school ethos, ‘Innovate, Focus and Achieve’ are underpinned across each subject area. In Retail & Fashion, we strive to embed these principles within our curriculum:

Innovate: To create innovative and progressive schemes of work which are well-sequenced to ensure excellent student outcomes.

Focus: A clear drive and focus key threads for reading, writing and spoken language;
A relentless drive to sharpen key knowledge concepts and ensure understanding of portable themes.
To ensure that all lessons widen the scope and appreciation of grammar, vocabulary and subject content.

Achieve: The aim is to ensure proficiency in reading, writing and oracy; this is key to social mobility. Our robust curriculum is designed to build strong foundations in knowledge and understanding which lead to academic and personal success. We want our students to enjoy the subject, and be inspired to be innovative in their responses, to focus on skill acquisition and implementation and, ultimately, to achieve their true potential. Students will be well-skilled to succeed in their next steps, whether it be education, further training or the world of employment.

Each of our curriculum areas are carefully designed with the students at the heart of our thinking. The intent is for the framework for each programme of study in the National Curriculum to be well planned and sequenced to enable all students to build their knowledge and skills towards the agreed end points at each key stage. We consider how this is taught in order to support our students and ensure this is implemented effectively. For the desired impact to be reflected in the outcomes that students achieve through the education they have received.

This is embedded across each subject area: Retail and Fashion


The KS4 WJEC Retail curriculum has been developed to ensure students are able to achieve high standards and outcomes and be fully prepared for a modern retail world.  Retail provides students with the platform to develop and enhance skills needed by successful retail organisations.  Both skills and knowledge are learned in a sequential order.  Our assessment structure is designed to ensure students can apply their knowledge while developing retail skills through exploring the quality of the customer retail experience and through developing retail business solutions.  In addition, learners will be taught how retail operations are organised and how different business environments work in which retail businesses operate.  Learners will develop their research, presentation and evaluation skills.  At Boldon, students thrive in retail and we have many examples of learners proceeding to university, apprenticeships and into the world of retail.


The WJEC Retail course consists of three components, one component is externally assessed and two components are internally assessed. 

  • Customer Experience – 30%

Internally assessed

  • Retail Operations – 30%

Internally assessed

  • Retail Business – 40%

Externally assessed

Learners will thrive from outstanding teaching and resources, all teachers are actively involved in regular training courses to enhance subject knowledge and to be in line with cutting edge research to develop our teaching pedagogy and knowledge of the world of retail business.  Students are assessed at the end of each unit alongside high level questioning and regular feedback to inform students of progress. Each student is provided with summative assessment criteria which exemplifies distinction standard criteria.


WJEC Retail is a most popular subject that students opt for during the options process. Student voice is used to survey the impact of students learning and enjoyment of the course, based on the outcomes the curriculum is structured to suit all needs. Regular learning walks are conducted from senior members of staff within the faculty aligned with the monitoring calendar. All data is analysed by the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Head of Faculty. There is a wide range of examples of students pursuing a career and studies at sixth form and going into the world of retail business.  Students regularly inform us how much they enjoy studying retail and learning a wide range of skills and developing retail business knowledge.