MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
Welcome to the final issue of the 2017-18 campaign! The sun is shining, we made it through again, and hopefully, so did our students!
In this final issue of the academic year, we’ve tried to cover a broader mix of areas of interest and concern than ever.
If you weren’t aware, as the Government considers whether to make PSHE mandatory and what should go into it, the EBEA has been making the case on your behalf for the importance of the ‘E’ for Economics and, along with interested parties such as the Bank of England, for more emphasis on economic literacy generally in the curriculum. The Bank has recently launched a new package of resources for schools, called ‘EconoMe’, that will certainly help. In this issue David Butler provides a brief review and has commissioned a more detailed appraisal from a secondary school that we will share with you in the autumn.
In our business classroom this issue Peter Imeson shares a real-life story of entrepreneurship. In it Ollie Tanner reveals the highs and lows of going it alone running a drum school. Peter has provided a range of questions for different levels so the resource can be easily used in class.
There are so many great events in the news these days that are just perfect for teaching both business and economics students that you might be forgiven for thinking we were making them up. KFC chicken shortage is a story students will be very familiar with. Jo Bentham helpfully identifies a few of the many ‘lessons to be learned’ by the management, turning the phrase ‘schoolboy error’ on its head.
Faced with teaching new or revised courses, it is always helpful to find out how other teachers are approaching things. In this issue, Remy Shelton shares her experiences of teaching the new Level 3 BTEC Finance Unit and shares some tips for helping prepare students for the exam.
Keen as we are at the EBEA on evidence-based practice, I have recently been experimenting with a teaching approach that is becoming increasingly popular in universities – Team-based Learning (TBL). In this issue I have provided a background to the topic which I hope you will find interesting. In a future issue, I will share my more formal research findings.
Darren Gelder is an Executive Head-teacher who began his teaching career in a business and economics department. In this issue Darren shares with us some advice for all those teachers stepping into a management role for the first time.
By the time this issue reaches you, the exam season will be a distant memory. If, like me you fretted a little about whether your revision sessions helped students as well as they might, Jo Bentham’s article on revision strategies will be worth pinning to the noticeboard for the next exam round. In it she examines what the latest research tells us about what works best.
And finally, we have given two organization, the Careers and Enterprise Company(CEC) and OCR an opportunity to update us all on enterprise and employability developments. The article from CEC provides some guidance on their role in encouraging the development of employability skills and some helpful tips for schools. OCR have provided an interesting case study illustrating how there Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Enterprise and Marketing is helping students discover and develop their entrepreneurial spirit.
Finally, you’ll want to take a good book on holiday with you and you’ll find one in our book reviews section: WTF by Robert Peston. Well worth checking out. Another one for economics teachers I’d recommend is ‘Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth.
Enjoy your summer break.
Gareth can be contacted at
Deadline for Contributions to Autumn 18 Journal – 9th September 2018
All magazine contributors please note that submissions and materials for review should be sent, via
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Teaching Business & Economics
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