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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In 20071 attended my first ever EBEA conference in London. I was able to attend presentations by key players in the world of business and economics education such as Nancy Wall, Ian Marcousé and, most especially, David Butler the then HMI in charge of Business and Economics education at Ofsted.

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. …

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