The US spent over $87 billion conducting a war in Iraq, while the UN estimates that for less than half that amount we could provide clean water, adequate diets, sanitation services and basic education for every person on the planet.John Perkins (1945–) American author

Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist. Kenneth E. Boulding (1910–1993) British economist

We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945) American politician and 32nd President of the USA

Economics affects us all: whether you are a consumer, worker, homeowner or the government, the work of economists influences our lives. In recent years the UK has experienced its most turbulent times since the 1930s and issues such as interest rates, unemployment, and inflation have regularly been making the headlines.

At Oakham we aim to teach our students how to understand the theory behind the news stories. Through a variety of exciting and innovative approaches to teaching, underpinned by academic rigour, our team of 7 experienced teachers deliver our A-level and International Baccalaureate courses. The quality of our teaching and the excellent results that we enjoy have contributed to our status as one of the most popular subjects in the Upper School.

As well as helping our students to cultivate an understanding of how economies operate, our Economics courses also develop skills that will prepare them for life beyond Oakham: library research skills, citing and referencing, logical thinking to name but a few. We also encourage students to read as widely as possible around the subject to deepen their knowledge of economic concepts.

We recently relocated to a new, purpose-built suite of classrooms for the Social Sciences faculty and now enjoy greater space and facilities to deliver our subject.

Beyond the classroom, in order to broaden our students’ learning experience, we regularly host visiting speakers and trips to external lectures.

Paul Nutter

Paul Nutter

Head of Economics and Social Sciences

have been Head of Economics and Social Sciences at Oakham since September 2006, having previously been Contingent Commander of the CCF (so officially a ‘Major Nutter’!). One of my Oakham highlights was leading the U15 Rugby team of 2005 to the Daily Mail Vase Final at Twickenham. I have previously taught at Wycliffe College and Durham School, where I was an Assistant Housemaster, CCF Officer and Sports Coach. Prior to joining the teaching profession, I attended university at Lancaster University’s Management School, being awarded an academic exchange to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I am currently a tutor in Chapmans House and I also lead a Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award section. I coach rugby at Oakham Rugby Club and swimming at Melton Mowbray Swimming Club.