Welcome to the Spring Issue of Teaching Business and Economics.

As this issue heads to the printers, it is still unclear what the impact of the coronavirus outbreak will be on the final term of the academic year and the implications for exams.

Whatever the next few weeks holds for your school or college you may well find yourself with a little more time on your hands than you are used to. If you decide to use that to reflect on your practice I hope you will find this issue a source of ideas.

As I mentioned in the last issue, the new OFSTED Framework introduces a whole raft of expectations that teachers and departments will need to better understand, especially if they are subjected to a ‘Deep Dive’.  Last issue we published guidance on what to expect from Adrian Lyons , OFSTED’s lead for business and economics. In this issue we switch the perspective to that of a business and economics department. Gill Fairclough describes her department’s experience of the process, the questions they were asked, the evidence they looked for and her tips for both adapting your practices and ensuring you are able to do your department justice.

As every teacher knows, heutagogy  (as oppose to pedagogy) emphasises teaching strategies that develop autonomy, capacity and capability in learners. As this should be a goal for all of us, Dianne Lloyd and Bryn Jones’s article shares a range of approaches to achieving this by improving metacognition.

In this issue we also reflect on whether we do enough in schools and colleges to help students to develop the academic skills to flourish as undergraduates. Kathy Cameron and Sam Stones consider a range of strategies for doing this better, with a particular focus on business education.

Chandra Gunasekaran has been grappling with how to improve his students’ ‘oracy‘ skills and explains how he has done this by developing their story telling skills, which in turn helps them recall and construct complex arguments more effectively. An approach well worth experimenting with.

With a host of other articles, including Stuart Langworthy’s on-going series of articles aimed at helping centres develop a better careers and enterprise strategy and some excellent book reviews, I hope this issue provides the inspiration for moving your practice forward.

Wishing you the best of health.


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