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2021 Business Educators Australasia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition (PYOE) - Entries close on Friday 10 September 2021

Due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in PYOE NSW entries this year can be submitted in one of two ways:

1. By post:
Nick Ward
PYOE Competition Coordinator
Economics and Business Educators NSW (EBE NSW)
PO Box 699
LIDCOMBE NSW 1825

Please refer to guidelines for submission on the EBE NSW website.

2. Email to admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au
If sending via email each entry must be a PDF file with the first page of the PDF the entry form. The file name should be the name of the business.
Multiple entries can be sent in the one email.

Please refer to guidelines for submission on the EBE NSW website:

If you have any questions about the competition feel free to email us: admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au


Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Economic Update Webinar for High School Students

An RBA economist will provide insights into the latest developments in the Australian economy.

DateTuesday, 14 September 2021
Time3.30 pm – 4.30 pm (AEST)
Intended audienceSenior high school students
CostFree

>> Further details

Schools needed for Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies Student Teachers for Practice Teaching

The University of NSW (UNSW) is looking for schools who would be able to supervise Economics, Business Studies and/or Legal Studies student teachers for their practice teaching period/professional experience. Students are able to complete their professional experience online during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

More information is available from the following document - Professional Experience Placements for Remote and Flexible Learning" - from the NSW Council of Deans of Education: Professional Experience Placements for Remote and Flexible Learning

Please email EBE NSW if you are able to help:
admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au

From the President of EBE NSW - Joe Alvaro - 31 May 2021

Term 1 EBE NSW Professional Development Courses

Teaching the Preliminary course (Year 11) in Economics or Legal Studies for the first time? – 9 March 2021

Beginning Year 11 Economics and Legal Studies teachers and Year 11 Economics and Legal Studies teachers needing a refresher course, gathered at the Professional Teachers Council NSW Conference Centre at Auburn in Sydney to complete the “Teaching the Preliminary course (Year 11) in Economics or Legal Studies for the first time?” professional development course on 9 March 2021. Thank you to Conference Convener, EBE NSW Director Nicholas Ward for organising the conference. Thank you to EBE NSW Director Nicholas Ward who presented the Economics session and EBE NSW Director Bernadette Henry and Legal Studies teacher Kenson Low who presented the Legal Studies session.

The “Teaching the HSC course (Year 12) in Economics or Legal Studies for the first time?” professional development course will be held on 24 August 2021.

Teaching the Preliminary course (Year 11) in Business Studies for the first time? – 12 March 2021

Beginning Year 11 Business Studies teachers and Year 11 Business Studies teachers needing a refresher course, gathered at the Professional Teachers Council NSW Conference Centre at Auburn in Sydney to complete the “Teaching the Preliminary course (Year 11) in Business Studies for the first time?” professional development course on 12 March 2021. Thank you to Conference Convenor, EBE NSW Director Roset Khair, for organising the conference. Thank you also to all our session presenters: Andrew Athavle (EBE NSW Director), Yousef Alkarnaz (The PD Department), Cheryl Brennan (EBE NSW Vice – President) and Roset Khair (EBE NSW Director).

The “Teaching the HSC Course (Year 12) in Business Studies for the first time?” professional development course will be held on 10 September 2021.

Teaching Commerce for the first time? – 26 March 2021

Beginning Commerce teachers and Commerce teachers needing a refresher course, gathered at the Professional Teachers Council NSW Conference Centre at Auburn in Sydney to complete the “Teaching Commerce for the first time?” professional development course on 26 March 2021. Thank you to Conference Convenors, EBE NSW Directors Roset Khair and Carolyn Muir for organising the conference. Thank you also to presenters: Joe Alvaro (EBE NSW President) , Carolyn Muir (EBE NSW Director), Roset Khair (EBE NSW Director) , Christina You ( Reserve Bank of Australia) and Gigi Lovicu (Reserve Bank of Australia).

Congratulations to Commerce Teacher Patrick Considine from Lumen Christi Catholic College who was awarded an EBE NSW Professor Mike Horsley Beginning Teachers Rural Professional Learning Grant to attend the “Teaching Commerce for the first time?” conference.

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Patrick Considine (right) with EBE NSW President Joe Alvaro (left)

EBE Journal Issue 1 2012
Teaching Commerce for the first time? – 26 March 2021

EBE Journal Issue 1 2012
Teaching Commerce for the first time? – 26 March 2021

Save the date – 2021 EBE NSW Annual Conference – Friday 23 July 2021

The 2021 EBE NSW Annual Conference, which is the peak conference for teachers of Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce teachers in NSW and in our Australian International Schools overseas, will be held on Friday 23 July 2021 at the UTS Business School, Dr Chau Chak Wing Building 8 from 8am – 4pm. The keynote speakers will be the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Philip Lowe and Rami Ykmour, Founder of the family friendly restaurant franchise, Rashays. There will also be workshops to attend focused on Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Commerce and leadership.

Exhibitor displays will enable conference delegates to get up to date with all the latest teaching and learning resources related to Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce.

Rural professional learning grants will be available for EBE NSW members - be sure to put in your application.

Networking opportunities will be available enabling you to interact with Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce teachers from all over NSW.

Registrations will be opening soon.

Order your 2021 EBE NSW trial HSC examinations

The order form for the 2021 EBE NSW trial HSC examinations is available on the EBE NSW website. Past papers are also available. EBE NSW members receive member discounts.

2021 Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition (PYOE)

Be sure to enable your Commerce and Business Studies students to enter the 2021 BEA PYOE Competition. More information, including a sample unit of work and a sample assessment task, is available on the EBE NSW website.

EBE NSW writes to NESA about the NESA 2020 HSC Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies Examinations

Thank you to members who provided feedback about the NESA 2020 HSC Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies examinations. EBE NSW wrote a letter to NESA based on this feedback.

See the letter here: Letter

See NESA’s response here: Response

EBE NSW writes to NESA about unnecessary dash points in the Human Rights and Family topics in the Legal studies Syllabus

EBE NSW has written to NESA about the unnecessary dash point in the Human Rights topic in the Legal Studies Syllabus - 2. Promoting and enforcing human rights – the roles of:

- courts, tribunals and independent
- statutory authorities

See the letter here: Letter

We are pleased to announce that the unnecessary syllabus dot point referred to above has now been removed in the online version of the Legal Studies Syllabus (page 21): legal-studies-stage-6-syllabus-2009 (6).pdf

EBE NSW also wrote to NESA about another unnecessary dash point in the Family topic in the Legal Studies Syllabus – 2. Responses to problems in family relationships – the roles of:

- courts and dispute resolution
- methods

See the letter here: Letter

NESA has responded saying that the issue raised will be reviewed after the current cohort of students have completed the HSC course.

The problems raised above have potential to cause difficulties for a number of stakeholders, including Legal Studies teachers (especially beginning teachers and teachers teaching out of field) , Legal Studies students who use the syllabus to organise their notes, Legal Studies method lecturers and tutors at our universities , Legal Studies student teachers and Legal Studies textbook writers. EBE NSW believes these are important matters that are worthy to be raised to ensure quality teaching and learning in our Legal Studies classrooms in NSW and overseas in Australian International Schools.

EBE NSW unable to deliver NESA accredited PD this year

The NESA website states that “completing professional development (PD) helps teachers keep up to date with relevant content, skills and pedagogy and supports their professional growth”. Unfortunately members completing EBE NSW PD courses this year are not being able to register hours completed as “NESA Accredited PD” as they have been able to do in the past as a result of the Professional Teachers Council NSW (PTC NSW) losing its status as an accredited provider. On 21 May 2021, the CEO of PTC NSW David Browne wrote to members saying “regrettably, based on recent NESA meetings it appears that no decision to change the current interim situation will be made by the end of 2021”.

If you are not happy with this situation, PTC NSW is asking teachers to write directly to NESA CEO, Mr Paul Martin and NESA Initial Teacher Education and Accreditation, Mr John Healey NESA Director.

A major concern is the financial impact this decision has had on the sustainability of professional teacher associations across NSW and the devastating impact on the provision of quality accredited professional learning.

Letters should highlight the following points: -

  • the importance, relevance and value of association professional learning across all sectors
  • that association work is profit for purpose across all sectors and systems - a strength
  • significant financial impact due to the lack of NESA accreditation for our courses
  • the perception by members of the importance of NESA accreditation of professional learning
  • PTC NSW and its members be reconsidered an Authorised Provider based on the long history of ensuring all PL meets all accreditation requirements across the priority areas as outlined in the new policy for accreditation.

Emails can be addressed to:

brooke.lawson@nesa.nsw.edu.au
Brooke Lawson
Executive Assistant to the NESA CEO

john.healey@nesa.nsw.edu.au
John Healey
Director Initial Teacher Education & Accreditation

EBE NSW finds the whole situation unacceptable as our members make the effort to increase student learning outcomes in Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce classrooms by completing our courses ( sometimes after school in their own time) but are then not able to register the hours of learning as “NESA Accreditated PD”.

ACARA Australian Curriculum Review - HASS

The Australian Curriculum for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) is being reviewed. The draft is out now. EBE NSW through our national subject association, Business Educators Australasia, is being consulted about the draft curriculum and we have been attending consultation meetings with ACARA. Members are encouraged to read the draft HASS curriculum and complete the survey.

www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/consultation/humanities-and-social-sciences/

Year 10 subject selection evening coming up?

Consider using the following resources to uniform Year 10 students about the study of Economics as Year 10 students think about which subjects to study in Year 11 next year:

* Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Online Talk – Introduction to Economics
An RBA economist will provide an introduction to the economy, the role of the RBA, and the benefits of studying economics.

  • Various dates available
  • Free
  • https://www.rba.gov.au/education/book-a-talk/

* Video – Economics – Understand the world around you
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtOU-DAVch0

* Video – What is Economics?
www.rba.gov.au/education/explore-economics/study-and-careers/

* Video – Why study Economics?
www.rba.gov.au/education/explore-economics/study-and-careers/

Get involved with the development of the 2022 NESA Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies examinations

Applications for the 2022 Economics Chief Examiner and the 2022 Business Studies Chief Examiner are now open, as well as applications for the 2022 NESA Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies examination committee members and assessors.

More information:www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/about/who-we-are/jobs/hsc-exam-development

Launch of The Court Education Project

I attended the launch of The Court Education Project Report on Friday 21 May 2022 at Level 22 Chambers, Martin Place. The Court Education Project is an initiative of Jackie Charles, a clerk of chambers and legal educator working in Australia and the recipient of the Northern Districts Education Centre (Sydney) Churchill Fellowship 2019. Some members may recall working with Jackie during their court excursions when she was on staff at the Rule of Law Institute of Australia. Jackie also facilitated a number of the EBE NSW Law Day Out for Legal Studies and Commerce Teachers professional development events.

Jackie’s Churchill Fellowship project researched best practice in the design and delivery of court education for school students. Her findings will be used to build a best practice guide for Australian court educators which will be followed by a national conference to foster sharing, innovation and collaboration.

Jackie has conducted important research in an area that has not received much attention in Australia.

I encourage members to read the report which can be found on the Court Education Project website:
www.courteducation.com.au/court-education-report/

Watch the launch of The Court Education Project here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hE6ZdfbtPg

Book for sale (at a discount for EBE NSW members) – “Collier for Miranda – The 1999 Labor Campaign” by Barry Collier

Barry Collier was a secondary school Economics teacher and some people may remember teaching or learning from Economics textbooks he wrote. He later became a NSW Member of Parliament. Barry has written “Collier for Miranda – The 1999 Labor Campaign” and is selling the book at a discount for EBE NSW members.

See flyer: Click here

Attention EBE NSW rural members – what are your professional learning needs?

EBE NSW has delivered many PD courses to teachers in rural areas over the years. If you would like a course delivered here in Sydney repeated in a rural area where you teach or have other professional learning needs, please email EBE NSW.

2021 EBE NSW Trial HSC Examinations order form available  

The order form for the 2021 EBE NSW Trial HSC Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies examination papers is now available. Relevant past papers are also available for purchase. The examination papers have been designed by EBE NSW Directors and include marking guidelines. Special discount prices apply to members of EBE NSW.

>> Order form for 2021 EBE NSW Trial HSC examination papers

2021 Business Educators Australasia Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition

The Business Educators Australasia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition (PYOE) encourages secondary school students to apply their business education to a real life scenario. Working individually or in small groups, participants are asked to devise a creative enterprise idea and submit a business plan, explaining how their great idea could become a profitable business.

For teachers, the competition is a valuable tool to enhance the business education curriculum and support them as they develop the next generation of business leaders. For students, it helps to build valuable work and life skills. The competition requires business insight, practical financial skills and a creative flair for problem solving.

Economics and Business Educators NSW runs the competition in NSW. To enter, students need to devise a creative enterprise idea and submit a 3500 word business plan, explaining how their great idea could become a profitable business. The competition has two divisions with fantastic prizes up for grabs:

  • Division one – Open to individual student entries, submitted by students of any age, attending a registered secondary school.
  • Division two – Group entries (maximum of six students), submitted by students of any age, attending a registered secondary school.

NSW entries are due by Friday 10 September 2021 (Term 3, Week 9). Post entries to Nicholas Ward, NSW PYOE Competition Coordinator, Economics and Business Educators NSW (EBE NSW), PO Box 699, Lidcombe NSW 1825. The top ten Division 1 and top five Division 2 entries will be invited to the NSW PYOE Award Ceremony in the September school holidays. All students who enter the competition receive a certificate and first, second and third in each division will win cash prizes and a prize for their school.

The winner from each division from each state and territory in Australia will proceed onto the National Awards Ceremony where the national winners will be announced.

This competition can be incorporated into assessment tasks for both Commerce and Business Studies. Click here for a sample assessment task. Email EBE NSW if you would like a Microsoft Word version of the sample assessment task.

Amanda Ritter has developed a unit of work based on the PYOE Competition which can be accessed here. The PYOE Competition could form the content for a Commerce "school - developed option" (see pages 48 and 49 in the NSW Education Standards Authority Commerce Year 7 - 10 Syllabus).

>> Full details are available in the 2021 PYOE competition brochure.

See the article available to EBE NSW members -  “Student2Student: How to Overcome the Pitfalls of Business Planning" by Sarah Matthias (Division 1 Winner of CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition 2016) in “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” – Issue 2, 2016.

There is no cost to enter the competition.

Recording of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Student Webinar -Monetary Policy and Current Economic Conditions (12 October 2020)

The recording of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) student webinar, "Monetary Policy and Current Economic Conditions" (12 October 2020) is now available. Senior Economist, David Lancaster, provides an overview of monetary policy and current economic conditions as at 12 October 2020.

Click here for the recording:

Economics and Business Educators NSW is a member of the Reserve Bank of Australia Educators Advisory Panel:

https://www.rba.gov.au/education/about-the-program/educators-advisory-panel.html

Feedback about resources from the RBA is welcome.
Please email feedback to admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au

Recording of webinar - "The Reserve Bank's Policy Actions and Balance Sheet" with Guy Debelle, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia held on 30 June 2020 

The recording of the webinar titled "The Reserve Bank's Policy Actions and Balance Sheet" with Guy Debelle, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, held on 30 June 2020 ( to which Economics teachers and students were invited) is now available on the RBA website. The webinar can be found here:

>> https://rba.gov.au/speeches/2020/sp-dg-2020-06-30.html

Resources from the Reserve Bank of Australia to help Economics teachers discuss the May, 2020 Labour Force Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the May, 2020 Labour Force Statistics:

>> https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/6202.0?opendocument&ref=HPKI

These data provide an opportunity for rich classroom discussions about labour market concepts and current conditions. To support such engagement, the Reserve Bank (RBA) has developed a number of resources that may be incorporated into lesson plans. Please see below.

Video Explainer: The Labour Market and Unemployment
The RBA has brought to life it’s popular Explainers series with a video presented by Economist Gigi Lovicu. Gigi talks students through the groups in the labour market and types of unemployment, relating this to the current conditions in Australia.

Explainer: Unemployment: Its Measurement and Types
This Explainer outlines how the unemployment rate is measured and describes the main types of unemployment.

Video: Recent Developments in the Labour Market
In this video recording of a recent RBA teacher professional development webinar, Head of Prices, Wages and Labour, Natasha Cassidy, discusses the effect of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market as at 25 May 2020.

Teaching resource for primary school students from the Australian Taxation Office - "Paying It Foward"

"Paying It Forward" is a free teaching resource for primary school students from the Australian Taxation Office. It teaches about tax and superannuation by focusing on developing civic values and the financial wellbeing of students.

>> https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Education-zone/Paying-It-Forward/?=redirected_payingitforward

2019 The Sydney Morning Herald HSC Study Guide

>> See the 2019 The Sydney Morning Herald HSC Study Guide here.

>> For marking centre advice for HSC Economics, HSC Business Studies and HSC Legal Studies click here

2019 EBE NSW Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony – 19 September 2019

Economics and Business Educators NSW (EBE NSW) recognised the NSW Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) winners at the annual NSW awards ceremony on 19 September 2019 at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand – Level 9, 33 Erskine Street, Sydney, NSW. At the ceremony, prizes and certificates were awarded to the NSW student winners and their schools. Parents were in attendance to celebrate the success of their child, as well as teachers. Congratulations to the following winners and their teachers from NSW:

  • Division 1 (Individual entry) 
    Student: Parivash Nadeem
    School: Unity Grammar
    Business Plan: The Fruit Circus
    Teacher: Ms Khair
  • Division 2 (Group entry)
    Students: Ishwary Ramjeevan, Maddisen Strauss and Mariam Yassin
    School: MLC School
    Business Plan: ADN Tech
    Teacher: Mr Wijanto

Thank you to all the students who entered the competition this year and the teachers who inspired and encouraged their students to enter this prestigious competition. Each student who participated received a Certificate of Participation.

Thank you to the students, their families and teachers for attending the NSW Awards Ceremony.
Thank you to EBE NSW Director, Nicholas Ward, for taking on the role of PYOE NSW Coordinator in 2019 and for all his time and effort in ensuring the competition in NSW was a success.

2019 PYOE NSW Competition Finalists

Division One

Student: Tae Woo Lyoo
School: Normanhurst Boys High School
Business Plan: Carry On
Teacher: Ms Rahman

Student: Parvathi Sanjeev
School: Hornsby Girls High School
Business Plan: Cosmo
Teacher: Ms Tutty

Student: Natali Pavlovic
School: Gymea Technology High School
Business Plan: Dementia Care Technology
Teacher: Ms Polianitis

Student: Tom Irwin
School: Northern Beaches Secondary College - Manly Selective Campus
Business Plan: Go Bins
Teacher: Ms Foy

Student: Colina Zhang
School: Northern Beaches Secondary College - Manly Selective Campus
Business Plan: Inside Out Fitness and Lifestyle
Teacher: Ms Foy

Student: Han Luc
School: Keira High School
Business Plan: Miniature Home
Teacher: Ms Hrncic

Student: Raquel Mezrani
School: Inaburra School
Business Plan: Project Earthware
Teacher: Mr Langley

Student: Sereen Ali
School: Unity Grammar
Business Plan: Sunnyside Stables
Teacher: Ms El-Gashingi

Student: Parivash Nadeem
School: Unity Grammar
Business Plan: The Fruit Circus
Teacher: Ms Khair

Student: Cerise Bootsma
School: Oran Park Anglican College
Business Plan: Two Steps Ahead
Teacher: Ms Brennan

The prizes for the Division 1 NSW finalists were:

1st place - iPad Mini for the student and $200 Dymocks voucher for the school.
2nd place - $200 cash for the student.
3rd place - $150 cash for the student.

Division Two

Students: Ishwary Ramjeevan, Maddisen Strauss and Mariam Yassin
School: MLC School Teacher
Business Plan: ADN Tech
Teacher: Mr Wijanto

Students: Annabel Harvey, Samuel Johnston, Jayden Kotevski and Zali Moore
School: Inaburra School
Business Plan: Little Organic
Teacher: Mr. Lukins

Students: Crystal Cheng and Shu-Han Lee
School: Hornsby Girls High School
Business Plan: Meraki
Teacher: Ms. Tutty

Students: Hellen Wang and Ramona Zheng
School: Hornsby Girls High School
Business Plan: POP! Galleries
Teacher: Ms. Tutty

Students: Charlotte Drury, Hannah Foote, Charlotte McCaffrey-Moors & Kate Rutledge
School: Inaburra School
Business Plan: Stick Track
Teacher: Mr. Low

The prizes for the Division 2 NSW finalists (1st, 2nd and 3rd) were:

1st Place - $150 cash per student and $200 Dymocks voucher for the school.
2nd Place - $100 cash per student.
3rd Place - $50 cash per student.

 

 

Congratulations to all the winners. Be sure to incorporate the PYOE competition into your Commerce and/or Business Studies teaching and learning program in 2020.


From left to right: Nicholas Ward (2019 PYOE NSW Coordinator), Parivash Nadeem (NSW Division 1 PYOE Competition Winner) and Joe Alvaro (EBE NSW President)


From left to right: Roset Khair (Teacher of NSW Division 1 PYOE Competition Winner) , Parivash Nadeem (NSW Division 1 PYOE Competition Winner) and Joe Alvaro (President - Economics and Business Educators NSW) at the 2019 NSW PYOE Awards Ceremony


2019 NSW PYOE Competition Finalists with 2019 PYOE NSW Coordinator Nicholas Ward (far left) and EBE NSW President Joe Alvaro (far right) at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony


2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony


PYOE Competition finalists speaking about their business plan at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony


Networking at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony


Networking at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony
PYOE Competition finalists speaking about their business plan at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony


2019 PYOE NSW Coordinator Nicholas Ward (left) and EBE NSW President Joe Alvaro (right) at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony

2019 Business Educators Australasia (BEA)Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition National Division Winners

Congratulations to the following students who are the national winners of the 2019 Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition.

  • Division 1 (Individual entry) 
    Student: Lily Fisher
    School:St Michael’s Collegiate School, Tasmania
    Business Plan: Freycinet Bike Hire


2019 BEA PYOE Competition National Division 1 Winner – Lily Fisher

  • Division 2 (Group entry)
    Students: Hugo Hemmings and Ethan Medwin
    School: The Hutchins School, Tasmania
    Business Plan: Burr Parking


2019 BEA PYOE Competition National Division 1 Winners - Ethan Medwin (left) Hugo Hemmings (right)

EBE NSW congratulates the 2019 PYOE national winners.

Letter from the Rule of Law Institute of Australia

Please read the letter below  (dated 4 March 2019) that EBE NSW has received by Jackie Charles (Education Manager at the Rule of Law Institute of Australia) regarding "Court Visits to the Downing Centre Court Building".

>> Read letter concerning Court Visits to the Downing Centre Court Building

NSW Curriculum Review

On 13 May 2018, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Rob Stokes announced that NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority)  will undertake a  review of the NSW curriculum to ensure it equips students to continue to contribute to Australian society into the 21st century. NESA has engaged Professor Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to lead the review.

>> EBE NSW has made a submission to the Review. Read the submission here.

Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies: A teacher professional learning tour of East Coast USA

Dates: To be announced 

Academy Travel, in conjunction with Economics and Business Educators NSW, is delighted to present an outstanding professional development opportunity for teachers of Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce. 

The itinerary begins in Washington DC, where teachers will tour key government organisations and significant landmarks. Continuing to New York City, participants will explore the Financial District, international law and order, and the world of commerce.

In addition, the itinerary includes a series of guided tours and site visits with experts. There is also time at leisure for sightseeing, shopping and exploring.

>> Further details, including a detailed itinerary

Submission to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) – Re 2018 NESA Draft Commerce Syllabus

EBE NSW has made a submission to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) re the 2018 NESA  Draft Commerce Syllabus.

>> Read the submission here.

NESA Draft Commerce Syllabus

The current Commerce syllabus was last revised in 2003. The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has released a draft Commerce syllabus.

>> The draft NESA Commerce syllabus can be found here

>> The “Commerce Years 7-10 draft syllabus summary of changes” can be found here

Have your say on the draft Commerce syllabus by completing a survey, attending a consultation meeting, and/or submitting a written response to the project manager. Consultation will be open from 23 July 2018 to 2 September 2018.

>> More information can be found here

Economics and Business Educators NSW will be making a submission about the draft Commerce syllabus and members are encouraged to contribute to the submission by sending their comments about the draft Commerce syllabus to admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au.

Some questions to consider:

  • What are the strengths of the syllabus?
  • What are the challenges of the syllabus?
  • Is there enough balance between economics, business, law, consumer and financial literacy and  civics and citizenship subject matter?
  • Considering the Commerce syllabus was last revised in 2003, to what extent is the current syllabus relevant to today's changing commercial environment and contemporary teaching and learning ?
  • What do you think about the content from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business and the ACARA Australian Curriculum:Civics and Citizenship to develop the draft Commerce syllabus?

EBE NSW made a submission to NESA when the review of the Commerce syllabus was    
announced in 2017.

>> Read the submission here

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) also made a submission during this period – read their submission here.

In response to the draft Commerce syllabus, the RBA has made a “Supplementary submission to NESA Review of Commerce Years 7 – 10 Syllabus”.

>> This submission can be found here

2018 Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Award of Recognition – Bronwyn Hession

Congraulations to Bronwyn Hession (EBE NSW Life Member) who was awarded the 2018 Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Award of Recognition for Outstanding Service to Business Educators Australasia and its affiliate Associations at the 2018 BEA Biennial Conference which was held in Canberra between the 3rd and 5th October 2018.

>> Award Citation

Bronwyn Hession (left) with her 2018 BEA Award of Recognition and BEA President, Tony Kuc (right)

Bronwyn Hession (left) with her 2018 BEA Award of Recognition and EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro (right)

   
  From left to right: Joe Alvaro (EBE NSW President) , Bronwyn Hession with her 2018 BEA Award of Recognition , Mai Ni Pham (EBE NSW Vice-President), Leith Thompson (EBE NSW Director) and Wendy Mockler – Giles (EBE NSW Director)  

EBE Journal Issue 2 2017Latest issue of “The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” (Issue 2, 2017) now available

The latest issue of The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW  (Issue 2 — 2017) is now available in the members section of the website. EBE members must login to access the latest EBE Journal. Past issues of "The EBE Journal" are also in the members section.

Contents

  • President’s Report
  • EBE NSW News
  • 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference - New Frontiers: Economics and Business Education in an Era of Innovation
    - Report by Elizabeth Perry, 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference Rural Grant Recipient, The Rivers Secondary College, Richmond River High Campus
  • 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference - New Frontiers: Economics and Business Education in an Era of Innovation
    - Report by Daniel Benjamin, 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference Rural Grant Recipient, Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Bega
  • Business Case Study: Ecto Handplanes - Cheryl Brennan
  • Case Study: Nahji Chu, Queen of Rice Paper Rolls - Mai Ni Pham
  • Developing Deep, Authentic Learning Experiences in Economics - Matt Robinson
  • A student from Quilpie in South West Queensland wins National 1st in the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game (Game 2, 2017) - Amanda Mior
  • PYOE Competition 2017 – Winning NSW Division 1 entry
  • Yesterday news and Breaking news: Using media file templates to help students unpack all sorts of news - Mai Ni Pham
  • Should we do away with exams altogether? No, but we need to rethink their design and purpose - The Conversation, December 1 2016
  • Getting students to put their legal knowledge into practice to demonstrate understanding - Mai Ni Pham
  • What is race? - Olivia Bui
  • Submission to Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC): National Financial Literacy Strategy Consultation 2017 (October 2017) from Economics and Business Educators NSW
  • NSW Education Standards Authority 2017 Consultation Draft NSW Supplementary Documentation: Subject Content Knowledge Requirements (Revised) - Submission from Economics and Business Educators NSW
  • Open Letter from 25 Teacher Associations supports copyright
  • Submission to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) regarding the review of the Commerce Syllabus from Economics and Business Educators NSW
  • President’s Report to the 2017 Economics and Business - Educators NSW Annual General Meeting (11 December 2017)
  • Economics and Business Educators NSW Financial Statements for the year ended 30th June 2017
  • Economics and Business Educators NSW Financial Statements for the year ended 30th June 2016

Back issues of the "The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW" are also available in the members section of this website and contain useful teaching and learning resources.

Academic and Professional Speakers in Schools

Academics and professionals from Western Sydney University are available to speak in schools or to school groups free of charge. Many are leaders in their fields. This program gives teachers opportunities to extend and enhance their students' learning and educational aspirations, whilst increasing their own knowledge.

Check out the register for information on each speaker's area of expertise, sample topics, suggested audiences and estimated presentation times.

>> More information

>> To book a speaker download this form or book online

If you have any questions about the program, please email schoolsengagement@westernsydney.edu.au. Do NOT contact the speakers directly. This helps Western Sydney University  effectively organise and track use of the register.

Professional Teachers' Council NSW Media Release - "Celebration of Excellence" (27 October 2017)

EBE NSW congratulates all the recipients of the 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Outstanding Professional Service Awards and the 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards. Congratulations to EBE NSW Director Nicholas Ward who has received a 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award.

Compass: The Staffroom - Part 1, Part 2 and and Part 3 (ABC Television) has received the 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Media Award.

>> Full details in  the Professional Teachers' Council NSW Media Release - Celebration of Excellence (27 October 2017) which can be accessed here.

2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference Speaker Chris Anderson (Founder of Ecto Handplanes) on "Shark Tank" this Tuesday night on Channel 10

Shark TankChris Anderson as the founder of Ecto Handplanes, the bodysurfing business, recently presented an engaging discussion at the 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference in July at UTS. As an award winning Australian-based interdisciplinary artist and designer, he spoke about innovation and how budding entrepreneurs can seek inspiration from a range of life experiences. Chris' drive and ambition serve Is a powerful example of how our curriculum in Business Studies can connect to our students through people's stories. 

Chris will appear in Tuesday's episode (19 September 2017) of Shark Tank on Channel 10 (check your TV Guide for the time), where you can follow his journey with your class. Student engagement comes from relevant and authentic learning experiences, and Chris will deliver on this. Ecto Handplanes could be used as an engaging case study in Business Studies or Commerce. Watching Shark Tank this Tuesday will prove to be a good follow up  to Chris' session at the 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference.

If your're a teacher it pays to learn what you can claim at tax time

The Australian Taxation Office has published a document titled,"If your're a teacher it pays to learn what you can claim at tax time". Read the document here.

Article about the 2016 EBE NSW Legal Update Conference

The article "Legals enthrall delegates at EBE NSW event" by Sarah Duggan - 1 February 2017 (about the 2016 EBE NSW Legal Update Conference) is available here.

Economics and Business Educators NSW wins 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award

Money Smart Week Award

On 2 September 2014, EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro, and EBE NSW  Director, Bronwyn Hession attended the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) MoneySmart 2014 Awards Presentation Dinner to accept a Highly Commended Award for EBE NSW in the Education category on behalf of the EBE NSW Board of Directors, staff and members. The MoneySmart Week Awards recognise the outstanding achievements in financial literacy across five categories, including education. EBE NSW is proud of its work in the area of financial literacy and it was an honour to receive this award.

The award citation and judges’ comments appear below:

Economics and Business Educators (EBE NSW) has been supporting secondary teachers of financial literacy and their students on an ongoing and sustained basis since its creation in 1968. EBE NSW specialises in providing classroom and syllabus focused professional development courses for teachers of financial literacy. Designed by practicing classroom teachers and academics, these courses encourage interaction between high quality stakeholders in financial literacy and teachers who are on the frontline, teaching financial literacy in classrooms. EBE NSW has designed, conducted and evaluated professional development events focusing on financial literacy over the years, including

  • 2014 EBE Annual Conference;
  • Revamping and Resourcing Commerce; and
  • The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW.

The EBE NSW has also been very active in advocating for the inclusion of financial literacy in the Australian Curriculum and engaging teachers with consultation processes. As financial literacy is given increased attention in the curriculum, EBE NSW will continue to design and implement effective professional development courses using the expertise and skills of its members and its connections with stakeholders in the financial literacy sector.

Judges Comment
The Judges highly commended Economics & Business Educators NSW for the great work they are doing, and the importance of their work in the community. They have been a key player for several decades and have made a major contribution to financial literacy. Economics & Business Educators NSW have played a vital role connecting the corporate and education sectors to reinvigorate secondary school subjects and hold a respected annual conference.

EBE NSW congratulates Wingham High School who was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in the education category and commends the excellent work the school is doing in the area of financial literacy. And congratulations to Enactus University of Western Australia who also won a Highly Commended Award in the education category.

>>  For more information about the awards, visit Award Year 2014 – MoneySmart Week.

EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro, receiving a 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award for EBE NSW


EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro (far right), receiving a 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award for EBE NSW


EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro (right) and EBE NSW Director Bronwyn Hession (left) with the 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award for EBE NSW

EBE NSW Webinar on the ACARA Draft Years 5-10 Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business

On 18 June 2013 EBE NSW held a webinar on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Draft Years 5-10 Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business (the draft curriculum can be accessed on the ACARA website). Participants were able to hear from EBE NSW Director Professor John Lodewijks who gave an overview of the draft curriculum, as well ask questions and offer feedback.
>> Listen to the webinar (Requires Flash Player 10.3 or above) 

EBE NSW Webinar on the ACARA Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business

On 10 September 2012 EBE NSW held a webinar on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business ( this document can be accessed on the ACARA website).  Participants were able to hear from EBE NSW Director Professor John Lodewijks who gave an overview of the Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business. Participants were also able to ask questions, give feedback and answer poll questions. The webinar recording can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
>> Listen to the webinar (Requires Flash Player 10.3 or above) 
>> Poll questions and the results from the webinar

EBE NSW President interviewed by the Business Spectator about the declining number of students studying Economics

EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro, was interviewed for the article, "Retuning Australia's Economic Debate" by John Conroy (Business Spectator, 1 June 2012) which looked at the declining number of students studying Economics .

>> Read the full article here.

The full article was also reprinted in "The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW" ( Issue 2, 2012) which can be found in the members section of the website.

EBE NSW Directors interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald about financial literacy

EBE NSW Directors Joe Alvaro and Liz Criddle were interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald for the article "Financial guidance on the money" (1-2 October 2011).

>> Read the full article here.

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