Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

What I Get from Being a Member of the EBEA

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

What I Get from Being a Member of the EBEA

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As a solo department I also gained a great deal from chatting to other teachers and swapping experiences and e-mail addresses with them. I took advantage of the workshop opportunities and remember clearly Ian Marcousé describing seasonal supply and demand using the example of a Cadbury Caramel on a hot, sticky day compared with an ice cream!

Two months later my department played host to David Butler in his capacity as Ofsted inspector as he conducted a subject survey. I chatted to him about the EBEA and to my surprise he passed my details on to Duncan, then Chief Executive, and asked him if he had any work I could get involved in.

From here my career changed dramatically. I went from being the only teacher of a subject that many forgot even to list in school, to someone who was asked for their opinion and listened to by the people I looked up to in my professional and academic life. I wrote articles for the newsletter, hounded my MP regarding changes to the curriculum and became an examiner and moderator. In other words my confidence grew and grew.

In 2009, as a result of the additional work I had contributed at the EBEA, I was lucky enough to be awarded 'New Teacher of the Year'. An accolade I would never have dreamed possible two years earlier and one which still makes me feel incredibly proud today.

Since then I have been Head of Business and IT and in September 2013 was promoted to Head of Faculty with responsibility for eight subjects! …

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