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Great graphic - unemployment

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A greater starter for some revision on unemployment here:

10 worst cities for unemployment

Inflation basket

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The constituent parts of the basket that makes up the measure for CPI & RPI inflation is being updated to reflect changes in trends.

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The economies of Superbowl advertising

Sunday, February 05, 2012

A highlight of the year for many sports fans, the Superbowl presents advertisers with a unique opportunity to reach over 110 million captive viewers.

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Perfectly price inelastic supply

Friday, January 20, 2012

What cost $10 in 1937 and would now set you back $1 million?

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VAT relief on DVDs

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The Treasury is scrapping an exemption on VAT for goods valued at less than £15 dispatched from the Channel Islands

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Controversial statement - starter

Friday, July 01, 2011

Firms should employ more Britons.

This would make a great discussion, especially towards the end of term. Add to it a great short video from the BBC on this topic. This could be a starter or a main course depending on your students.

Super Starter - video

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Here is a great short video to use as a starter. It is packed with macroeconomic concepts that could be explored by your students.

The year that was - great starter for first lesson back

Monday, January 04, 2010

As we all return to our classrooms this week, a good starter would be this great global financial quiz on the BBC.

Super Starter Sunday - Beat the Teacher - Macroeconomic objectives

Sunday, January 03, 2010

It is a new year and Beat the Teacher is back! This weeks beat the teacher covers the macroeconomic objectives. Try to find the five mistakes.

BeattheTeacher-macroeconomicobjectives.docx

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Great starter activity for every lesson up to Christmas!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Guardian business section have produced a great advent calendar called a year in business. This would make a great starter activity in the run up to Christmas.

Great video to start the week

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The BBC have started doing a great new series of short videos called Biz Bites. This weeks video is particularly good and would make a great starter.

Super Starter Sunday - Beat the Teacher 3

Sunday, October 18, 2009

This weeks beat the teacher is based on supply. Can you spot the mistakes in the text?


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Super Starter Sunday - Beat the Teacher 2

Sunday, October 04, 2009

This weeks Beat the Teacher is an introduction to demand. Students have to identify the errors in the information.

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Super Starter Sunday - Beat the Teacher

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Beat the teacher is a great starter activity to get your students thinking and revisiting the topic they have just done.

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Super Starter Sunday - Economics in the news (27/09/09)

This week’s economics in the news covers exchange rates, supply and demand and a change in the retirement age. The pupils have to guess the news stories using the pictures. Each picture has an explanation and web link behind it.

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Super Starter Sunday - Economics in the news (13/09/09)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

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This week’s economics in the news covers product placements on TV, mergers and the perils of internet banking. The pupils have to guess the news stories using the pictures. Each picture has an explanation and web link behind it.

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Super Starter Sunday -  Factors of Production video

This weeks Super Starter Sunday uses a short video to help get students to think about how to improve the four factors of production.

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Super Starter Sunday - Economics in the news (06/09/09)

Sunday, September 06, 2009

This week’s economics in the news covers US unemployment, BP, Easy Jet and insurance claims. The pupils have to guess the news stories using the pictures. Each picture has an explanation and web link behind it.

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Super Starter Sunday - Above or below the line

Something to get a lesson started with students thinking about patterns and links between concepts in Economics. This starter could either be done on an interactive whiteboard or with pen and paper.

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Super Starter Sunday - Economics in the news (30/08/09)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

This week’s economics in the news covers Karen Brady, Iceland, competition, and technological unemployment. The pupils have to guess the news stories using the pictures. Each picture has an explanation and web link behind it.

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Super Starter Sunday - Quiz

As many of us will be heading back to the classroom next week Super Starter Sunday has returned, it feels like only yesterday that I was signing off for the summer! So I thought a mini true or false quiz on economic happenings over the summer might be a good start for both year 10 and 11.

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Economic recovery in three words

Sunday, July 19, 2009

This BBC article is really interesting. The BBC have asked people to explain in three words how they will know when the recession is over. There are some really good ideas like ‘selling my house’ and ‘jobs for graduates’.
This would be a really good starter activity in the new academic year. It could be used to start the Year 11 students off on macroeconomic topics or as a general lead in for the new Year 10 students.

Super Starter Sunday - Blockbusters

Sunday, July 12, 2009

As the end of term is fast approaching, this week’s Super Starter Sunday activities will be the last until September. I am sure many of us remember Blockbuster, here we will put an economics twist on the game show. This activity could be used as a starter, plenary or an end of term lesson.

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Super Starter Sunday - Just a minute or two

Sunday, July 05, 2009

As we get towards the end of the year pupils should have gathered lots of knowledge. A good way to test that knowledge in a fun way would be to play just a minute or two.

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Super Starter Sunday - Who am I?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

It’s Sunday again, so time for another starter activity. This one could be done as a who or what am I. It is a good way to get the class thinking and talking to each other about economics.

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Starter activity - Why is it funny?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Many thanks to Anne Logan (Methodist College Belfast) for suggesting a simple starter activity that can get GCSE Econ students engaged with breaking economics news stories.  The idea is very simple - show a recent Kipper Williams cartoon and ask the students to explain “why is it funny”?

Super Starter Sunday - Play your cards right

Sunday, June 21, 2009

This might take a little preparation but will get your students thinking at the beginning of the lesson and if used regularly may encourage them to keep up to date with economic figures.

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Super Starter Sunday – Economics in the news (21 June)

This week’s economics in the news covers unemployment, car sales, bank bonuses, Thailand’s economy, and the beginning of the end for two well known companies. The pupils have to guess the news stories using the pictures. Each picture has an explanation and web link behind it.

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Super Starter Sunday – Economics in the news (14 June 2009)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

This week’s economics in the news covers unemployment, oil prices, protectionism, and the end of the recession. The pupils have to guess the news stories using the pictures. Each picture has an explanation and web link behind it.

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Super Starter Sunday - Odd one out

Another Sunday, another super starter to get some lessons off to a good start this week. This week I have decided to go with odd one out. Below there are sets of statements, students must spot the odd one out, they could also explain why it is the odd one out.

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Super Starter Sunday – Economics in the news (7 June 2009)

Sunday, June 07, 2009

This week’s economics in the news covers unemployment, the exchange rate, Alan Sugar and interest rates. The pupils have to guess the news stories using the pictures. Each picture has an explanation and web link behind it.

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Super Starter Sunday - What is the question?

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A good way to get the lesson going after half term. Give your students the following five words, these are the answers, then ask them in groups to think of the question that goes with each answer.

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