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Failure is not always a mistake; it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.

B F Skinner

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 experienced teachers deliver our A-level and IB Diploma courses to pupils in Forms 6 and 7 (Sixth Form). 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.

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