General Qualifications Bulletin - UK - Issue 28 | Pearson qualifications

General Qualifications Bulletin - UK - Issue 28

24 March 2022

Dear Colleague

As we draw closer to the May/June examination series we will do all we can to support you in advance of the series and this bulletin contains some important and helpful reminders.

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Since I last wrote to you The Exams Office, in partnership with the National Association of Examinations Officers, has launched the Invigilator Recruitment Map to support schools and colleges to recruit invigilators. You can add and view vacancies at no cost to your school or college.

We have also just launched our flagship Future of Qualifications & Assessment report. Together with 6,000 teachers, learners, parents and employers, and an expert panel, we’ve sought to find the answers to what a good education and assessment system in England for 14-19-year-olds could look like. You’ll find the results of our year-long research project and recommendations in the report we launched this week.

And lastly do come and say hello if you are attending BETT this week. There will be representatives from across Pearson and some of us will be engaging in panel discussions about a number of interesting topics.

We’re always here to support you so please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely, 

Hayley White 
Assessment Director 

All your speaking recordings and associated paperwork for languages qualifications will now need to be uploaded to our Learner Work Transfer (LWT) portal. For detailed guidance, please see the following resources:

You can check the speaking window dates on our languages news page. 

In the last bulletin we communicated that as materials will be available to download on secure download service (SDS), we will no longer be supplying CDs for GCSE and A level languages listening, GCSE and A level Music, and CDs/DVDs for AS and A level Music Technology exams.

We have since sent a follow-up email to all centres with entries for these subjects with a request to complete a short questionnaire. If you have not already completed this questionnaire, we would be grateful if you could respond so that we can provide you with further support.

To find out more about SDS (if you do not already use this system) and how to set up an account, please take a look at our Secure Download Service support article.

As we prepare for the May/June examination series we will continue to do all that we can to maintain the security and integrity of the examinations that you choose to sit with us. We are always seeing ways to enhance the security of our papers.  

In the build up to the examination series we recommend reading the latest JCQ Instructions for Conducting Examinations document. More information about our question paper tracking services and how to store question papers can be found on our support portal.

What does a good education and assessment system in England for 14–19-year-olds look like? Together with 6,000 teachers, learners, parents and employers, and an expert panel, we’ve sought to find the answers. 

You’ll find the results of our year-long research project and recommendations in the report we launched this week: Qualified to Succeed: Building a 14-19 education system of choice, diversity and opportunity. 

> Explore the report

The advance information for all relevant GCSE, A level and International GCSE subjects has now been released.

We have updated some of the advance information documents where minor amendments were needed. The qualifications and type of amendments are listed in the table on the main summer 2022 support page.

You can find out more more information in the JCQ Frequently Asked Questions for exam centres (PDF, 0.14 MB) and the JCQ Frequently Asked Questions for students (PDF, 0.1 MB).

Don’t forget to take a look at the advance information revision support packages we’ve created that will help you and your students in the run up to the summer 2022 assessments. These include topic-based tests for some subjects, or tools to create your own, and free teacher access to Pearson Revise ActiveBooks* for use in class, available until 28 June 2022.  
All your advance information revision support, including your free front-of-class Revision ActiveBooks, can be accessed through the subject interactive PDFs on our website. And we’ve not forgotten about revision support for GCSE Geography and GCSE History where there is optionality rather than advance information.

> Download the advance information revision support for your subject 

*You do not have to purchase any published resources to deliver our qualifications. Other Pearson Edexcel endorsed resources are also available.  

To support multi-academy trusts and groups of schools we’ve developed our new ResultsPlus Group Analysis service. This service can provide senior leaders with a clear overall picture of student performance across all their schools in Pearson Edexcel mock exams, high-stake exams and BTEC external assessments.
The ResultsPlus Group Analysis service: 

  • collates all data on mocks and high-stake exams at the click of a button, enabling senior leaders to see an instant RAG status across your entire group of schools
  • provides instant analysis on both mocks and high-stake exam results for individual schools within your group
  • enables senior leaders to compare, at cohort level, between different schools and across the whole group, as well as with Pearson Edexcel national averages
  • allows you to see how each school within your group is tracking and progressing year on year
  • provides question-level analysis that allows you to instantly see strengths and areas of difficulty at school and group level enabling you to share good practice within your group and inform CPD.

Setting up a ResultsPlus Group Analysis account

We’ll need to set up a separate account for your multi-academy trust or groups of schools, even if your school is already set up with a ResultsPlus account.

> Find out more about ResultsPlus Group Analysis and get your account set up now

The Key Dates Finder on our website enables you to find all of the key dates for Pearson general qualifications and subjects in one place.

Here are those taking place in the next few weeks:

31 March 2022 – Reviews of marking deadline for GCSE and International GCSE November 2021 series

31 March 2022 – Deadline to submit applications for access arrangements for May/June 2022 series

For more information on key dates for post results services please visit our Post-results services key dates page. 

> View our post-results services key dates page

If you’ve not already done so, please take a look at our students, parents and carers support page. Here we provide information and links to additional support to help students, and their parents and carers, understand any changes for the summer exams and to help them prepare for their assessments. There is also a video you can watch and pass on to your students, which explains the changes this summer. 

Ofqual have also recently released their student guide to exams and formal assessments in 2021 and 2022.

Please do pass this information on to your students, parents and carers.

Our team of subject advisors send out regular important updates about their specific subject areas.

The updates contain important information about assessments, support, events, resources and other key areas of information.  

> Sign up for subject advisor updates

Our brand new, user-friendly Pearson Materials website is now live. You can order: 

  • English Anthologies
  • data books and formula books
  • envelopes
  • additional sheets
  • treasury tags.

When accessing the website on your first visit, you will need to enter the access code KEHSY and then click the Log In button. Please visit our support articles if you need further guidance on accessing and creating an account on Pearson Materials, or placing your first order

When you first register your details, you will be sent a link via email to set your password. 

Please check your junk folder if you do not receive this email straight away. Your email may also be blocked by your centre’s Firewall therefore you may need to speak to your IT department to add to your approved senders.

Please take a look at our FAQ hub, and Teaching, Learning and Assessment page for Vocational and Technical Qualifications in 2021/22. You will find the latest information and support for our vocational qualifications on this web page, along with links to our regular VQ Bulletin containing all the key updates you need for our vocational qualifications. Please do bookmark this page for future reference.

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