Welcome to the Summer Issue of Teaching Business and Economics. The last before taking a well earned break. Whether you are reading this in the last few days of term as the cacophony of voices dims to silence or sitting having a break from the usual holiday chores, I hope you will find lots of ideas for the coming academic year.
Our lead article this issue focuses on the small but growing band of businesses returning again to the utopian ideal of worker ownership. Dr Jo Bentham, EBEA Chair uses the example of Richer Sounds’ transfer of ownership from founder to workers to illustrate how she uses news stories of this kind to stimulate engagement and discussion of multiple specification themes at a time.
You will be aware I’m sure that OFSTED has a new ‘Inspection Framework’ so I’m sure you will want to take a few minutes to read through David Butler’s excellent summary not only of the changes but also his reflections on what implications there are for economics and business teachers.
Have you ever considered that despite representing 40% of our economy, so little attention is given in our subjects to the challenges of running a public sector organization? Chris Gill from CIPFA has the solution. In this issue he shares his experiences of running CIPFA’s Sixth Form Management Team Games and explains how go about organizing one for your centre.
Every Year Gresham College deliver a series of free business lectures in London, open to all schools and colleges. This year the lecture series is delivered by Professor Alex Edmans of the London Business School and you will find out all about them in Lucy Graves’s brief article.
There is an understandably growing call for educators at all levels to consider the role they can and should play in preparing students for life in the work force. In her article in this issue Helena Knapton from Edge Hill University argues for a more holistic interpretation of employability to be used than simply the development of skills directly useful to the employer and economic growth.
When it comes to deciding whether business and economics are valuable subjects within the school and college curriculum it doesn’t seem as if we are in vogue with thinkers in government and political circles at the moment. However that is evidently not the case amongst the most important of all stakeholders as more students are choosing to take our subjects that ever before. If you still need a confidence boosters then read Stephen Barnes’s article “What is Business About” in which he extols the virtues of business in the curriculum, describing it as a “wonderfully complex and creative subject”.
In this issue you will also find a useful encouragement to developing a more evidence-based approach to your teaching and a guide to choosing and using an Enterprise Advisor in your centre. David Gelder, returns to the classroom to try and connect with the social media savvy generation and Russ Woodward and Tim Veal argue for a more integrated approach to teaching micro and macroeconomics to business students.
If that doesn’t get you yearning for September so you can try out all your new ideas, nothing will!
Enjoy your summer.
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