June 2021 Business update

4 June 2021

In this June update, we have news of the winners of the Be The Future challenge as well as a virtual work experience event for your students in July. There are also training events for A level Business at the end of the month and for both GCSE and International GCSE in July.  Finally, as thoughts turn to next year, Madeleine Court's article on curriculum sequencing which first appeared in the EBEA journal is reproduced here.

The TAG deadline is on 18 June. The upload functionality is live on the Q-TAG portal meaning that you are now able to submit learner Q-TAGs. Meeting the 18 June deadline is vital to ensure that results are not delayed beyond the 10 and 12 August results days.

There is a new User Guide (please see below under 'Grade submission system), as well as a video walk through and other support.

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Summer 2021 support

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The Joint Council for Qualifications have released comprehensive guidance on the process for deriving grades this summer. This guidance, along with our support, will be an important document as centres work to determine grades for UK qualifications in summer 2021.There are also some JCQ FAQs.

Find out more

Go to the JCQ FAQs

For our international qualifications, including International A Level and International GCSE, Pearson have produced a comprehensive guidance document on the process for deriving grades this summer.

Go to the Pearson guidance for international centres (PDF 1.4MB)
 

The teacher assessed grades portal is now available to use.

We recommend that you log in at your earliest convenience and check that your login and user profiles are correct for those staff that require access. Please also check that the candidate details and entries are correct and if there are any omissions or changes needed then please action them yourself via Edexcel Online or EDI. Should you discover any required changes after 18 June, please contact us as soon as possible via email to eprocessing@pearson.com.  

Templates are now available for you to download and add your teacher assessed grades. The resources below might be useful.

Ofqual have confirmed that exam boards will review all grades as part of their quality assurance processes. The grades will also be an important factor that exam boards use to target their review of centre judgements.

Once the grades are received, every centre will be asked to provide samples of student work.

Exam boards will request at least the following evidence:

  • One A level subject (at least five students)
  • Two GCSE subjects, one of which is likely to be either English language or maths (at least five students for each).

Centres that offer only A levels or only GCSEs will be asked to submit only work for those qualifications.

The selected sample for your centre will be communicated via email from 21 June and needs to be submitted within 48 hours. We understand the pressure this places on centres and want to make sure that the process is as quick and efficient as possible, so we will be asking that evidence is provided in a digital format.

We will be releasing additional functionality for the submission of evidence to Pearson. All users within your centre that have the ‘Capture’ profile on Edexcel Online will be able to upload evidence via the same portal that you submitted your TAGs.

When accessing the TAG Portal, you will be presented with a new ‘Sample Upload’ menu item. On this page you will be presented with a list of the selected subjects and students against which you will be able to upload your sample files.

Further detailed guidance on the process for this, together with step-by-step instructions and the range of file types allowed will be published by mid-June so that you can familiarise yourself ahead of the window for submission of evidence.

JCQ have released an addendum about the stage 3 checks, which can be found on the JCQ website. We want to make sure the process is as efficient as possible and we will be asking that evidence is provided in a digital format. We will be providing further guidance about how this will need to be submitted to us.

Read the JCQ Quality Assurance Stage 3 Addendum

We will follow a similar approach for our international general qualifications, including International GCSE and International AS/A Level.

Ofqual have confirmed that exam boards will review all grades as part of their quality assurance processes for UK qualifications. For international qualifications, we are mirroring our approach to that of UK qualifications. We will be asking for the following to be submitted digitally to us as evidence. It will be for a maximum of five students in at least each of the following:

  • one International A level or AS Module
  • two International GCSE subjects.

Centres that offer only A levels/International A levels or only GCSEs/International GCSEs will be asked to submit only work for those qualifications. We will request the selected sample for your centre via email from 21 June and this needs to be submitted within two working days. We understand the pressure this places on centres and want to make sure that the process is as quick and efficient as possible, so we will be asking that evidence is provided in a digital format.  

We will be releasing additional functionality for the submission of evidence to Pearson. All users within your centre that have the ‘Capture’ profile on Edexcel Online will be able to upload evidence via the same portal that you submitted your TAGs.

When accessing the TAG Portal, you will be presented with a new ‘Sample Upload’ menu item. On this page you will be presented with a list of the selected subjects and students against which you will be able to upload your sample files.

Further detailed guidance on the process for this, together with step-by-step instructions and the range of file types allowed will be published by mid-June so that you can familiarise yourself with these ahead of the window for submission of evidence.

Access 2021 training and support

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Support and guidance

Our Pearson Professional Development Academy is now live and will host detailed guidance and support in the form of video presentations, infographics and step-by-step guides to support you in determining fair grades for your students so they can progress on to their next stage.

This will include:

  • how to reach grading decisions
  • the creation of assessment materials
  • the quality assurance process and appeals
  • general support around timelines and submission systems.

Go to the Pearson Development Academy resources

In addition to this, subject support guides can now be found on the individual qualification pages. Full details and links can be found on our summer 2021 support page.

Go to the summer 2021 support page.

We’re also providing live and pre-recorded support and guidance events via our Professional Development Academy as well as running optional Q&A sessions which we will record and make available. These events are now live and open for booking and we encourage you to sign up for these.

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examWizard is a free online exam preparation tool contains a bank of past Pearson Edexcel exam questions, mark schemes and examiners' reports for a range of GCSE, AS and A level subjects.

This service has now been updated to include exam papers for GCSE, AS and A level for the 2019 summer and autumn series and the 2020 autumn series.

You can create your own mock exams, topic tests, homework or revision activities in minutes, and it links directly to associated examiner reports and mark schemes. Free all year round, and can be accessed instantly using your Edexcel Online account. If you don’t have an Edexcel Online account, please speak to your exams officer.

Go to examWizard

On 8 June Ofqual and the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) published their guidance for appeals in 2021. These are important documents that outline the processes that will be in place for this summer’s appeals process.

Go to the Ofqual Statutory guidance: appeals under the GQAA regulatory framework

Go to the JCQ A guide to appeals processes Summer 2021 series

You might find it helpful to start with the introduction for Heads of centre and senior leaders, at the start of the JCQ document, which highlights some activities which could be completed before the end of term to help reduce the number of appeals and to help ensure the appeals process runs smoothly.

Apprendix F contains a checklist of actions which centres might wish to use to help reduce the number of appeals on results day.

Go to Appendix F


Appendix C contains a list of the evidence which Awarding Organisations will need in the event of an appeal, and which centres might want to review now to ensure that all the documentation that will be needed is readily available.

Go to Appendix C


We also have an overview video on the appeals process and a Appeals summer 2021 web page.

On 8 June Ofqual and the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) published their guidance for appeals in 2021. These are important documents that outline the processes that will be in place for this summer’s appeals process.

Go to the Ofqual Statutory guidance: appeals under the GQAA regulatory framework

Go to the JCQ A guide to appeals processes Summer 2021 series

We will follow the same principles for Pearson’s International GCSEs and International AS/A Levels. The document below provides a summary of the appeals process for these international qualifications and also provides information on where the appeals process will differ from the arrangements detailed in the JCQ document.

International qualification appeals should be submitted using the Pearson Appeals Portal. This will be accessed by centres via Edexcel Online (EOL). Applications to appeal should be submitted with the relevant supporting evidence for the appeal.

To help international centres navigate the JCQ guidance and understand what you need prepare for before grade submission, after grade submission and for results day, as well as what you need to share with students, we have put together a visual guide that you can download.

Further information can be found on our Appeals summer 2021 web page, including information on the appeals process and guidance for our international qualifications.

 

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Training and Professional Development

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Professional Development Academy

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The Professional Development Academy is a one-stop shop that provides access to a wide range of flexible, high-quality online courses for teachers.

You will find a range of on-demand, live and self-guided training courses creating flexible options for learning at a time that suits individual needs.

Browse all courses on the Professional Development Academy

 

This course, run by Ian Marcouse, is for teachers preparing to teach Business A level for the first time. It includes direct instruction on how to teach elasticity, accounts & ratios, investment appraisal and many other key topics. Plenty of exam questions and student answers are looked at to establish the right level. Delegates receive a memory stick with a wealth of Ian Marcouse’s resources.  

The course is ideal for: teachers switching from other subjects (perhaps Geography, French, Maths or P.E.); new graduates, PGCE or Teach Firsters who need to understand the level required for high grades; Business teachers who would like the time to reflect and develop (and get more/better resources)

June 28-30 2021: Cavendish Conferences, 44 Hallam Street, London W1 (near Oxford Circus tube)

Find out more
 

 

 

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Congratulations to our social enterprise winners

 

 

 

In February this year, we launched the Be The Future social enterprise competition in collaboration with the Peter Jones Foundation.

We would like to say a huge congratulations to everyone who entered the challenge and are delighted to announce the three winners that have been chosen.

You can find out more about this year’s winners and sign up to receive updates on next year’s challenge on the Be The Future page. We hope you’ll try again next year, if possible.

Go to the Be The Future page
 

Pearson Business School

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   Pearson Business School

   Virtual Work Experience

   7 & 8 July (free event)

 

 

 

Pearson Business School's brand new, Virtual Work Experience is an exciting programme where your learners can learn and build new skills, boost their employability, make new contacts and start expanding a professional network. We will be joined by industry professionals from the likes of IBM, Bloomberg, L'Oréal, Pearson and the BBC.

Find out more
 

Apps for teachers

Teachers tend to think of using apps as teaching tools in the classroom. Yet, they can also be used for general tasks, such as workload management, productivity, and organisation.

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The EBEA

The Economics, Business and Enterprise Association (EBEA) is the professional subject association for everyone interested in the teaching and study of Economics, Business and Enterprise.

It is free to become a registered member and this gives you access to an archive of journals and articles which are older than one year. Paid membership (which is tax deductible) provides you with a monthly newsletter and a termly printed journal.

Go to the EBEA site

Free FT for Schools

The Financial Times is offering free online subscriptions to students aged 16-19, their teachers and schools around the world, and to colleges of further education in the UK.

Find out more

Our Business Qualifications

 

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GCSE Business

Please open the support tab below for links to delivery and assessment support,  as well as to the Facebook Group and the Subject Community

The aim is to make sure students receive grades to progress to the next stage of their education.

We have provided detailed guidance to ensure this happens. This includes:

  • Additional Assessment Materials
  • guidance material on marking exemplification
  • information on the quality assurance process and appeals
  • general support around timelines and submission systems
 

The GCSE Business Summer 2021 support page includes links to the summer 2021 assessment materials and the overview document which has all the information in one place.

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These materials are available in the subject pages under ‘Summer 2021 assessment materials for centres’.

The additional assessment materials have been drawn from past paper content, from both published and unpublished material. A reminder of what this means below:

  • ‘Published’:  those materials publicly available on the Pearson website and
  • ‘Unpublished: ’those materials still under padlock to our centres (mainly papers from 2019/2020).

Question paper coverage is such that it allows us to draw upon our past paper content, without the need to supplement with new content.

The Additional Assessment Materials, are content organised to allow teachers the freedom to select and assess the content that they have taught their students. This should mean that teachers will have a flexible approach to assessing their students.

In order to use the organised content, teachers have been provided with a mapping grid that includes details on where this content has been drawn from, as well as information like which assessment objectives the question meets.

As suggested by the Secretary of State a proportion of this content will be drawn from unpublished materials (namely 2019/2020 papers).

The mark schemes for these questions will also be provided to teachers.

The use of additional assessment materials in assessing your students is optional. As stated in the Ofqual Consultation outcome 'It would therefore be potentially unfair to enforce compulsory use of these materials'.

Ofqual have confirmed arrangements for UK qualifications in an exceptional autumn series.

Students who receive a teacher assessed grade this summer will be eligible to take GCSE exams in the same subject in autumn 2021.

Ofqual has also decided that:

  • Exam boards will have to offer exams in all GCSE subjects
  • Exams will be in their normal format, with no adaptations made.
  • Grades will be determined by a student’s performance in an exam for all subjects, except for art and design qualifications.
  • GCSE exams will take place in November and December.

More detail can be found on the Ofqual website.

Go to the Ofqual website.

This online event is designed for teachers who are moving to Edexcel or delivering the Pearson Edexcel specification for the first time.This will support you in getting ready to teach the GCSE (9-1) Business specification.

Online events are a great way to train the whole department, you can do this by simply projecting the session onto a whiteboard rather than placing multiple bookings.

During the session you will:

- Consider the structure, content and assessment of this new qualification, and the support available to guide you through the changes

- Explore possible teaching and delivery strategies for the new qualification

- Review the new content in the specification and exam techniques

- Explore the points-based mark schemes

- Explore the levels-based mark schemes

- Have the opportunity to network via the chat facility

The content of this event is based on the reformed specification for first teaching from September 2017. Pearson has reviewed the format and content of all its training events to ensure the security of its examinations cannot be compromised.

Please note: a recording of the event will be sent to attendees only.

This event can count as 2 hours of CPD.


Pearson Event Code
1BS0-21O1/01

Register here

 

 

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International GCSE Business

Please open the support tab below for links to delivery and assessment support as well as to the subject community.

You will also find information on the 2021 summer exam series.

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This is a repeat of the training that took place in spring 2021. This online training is designed for teachers who are new to delivering the International GCSE Business specification. The training is comprised of three 'standalone' modules which are booked separately.

12 July 08.00-10.00 Pearson Edexcel International GCSE Business: Welcome to Pearson (Module 1)

In Module 1, delegates will:

- Identify how the qualification is devised and fundamental documentation

- Review the content of the qualification

- explore how to plan the course and/or lessons

- Understand the assessment of the qualification and how to prepare students

- Identify support available from Pearson

Pearson Event Code: 4BS1-21IO2/02

Register here

14 July 08.00-10.00 Pearson Edexcel International GCSE Business: Welcome to Pearson (Module 2)

In Module 2, delegates will:

- Understand the Assessment Objectives for the qualification

- Understand the question types for the qualification

- Understand the mark schemes for the qualification

- Practise using the mark schemes using exemplar student work

- Learn about the support provided by Pearson around assessment and exemplars

Pearson Event Code: 4BS1-21IO3/02

Register here

26 August 08.00-09.00 Pearson Edexcel International GCSE and A level  Welcome to Pearson (Module 3)

In Module 3, delegates will:

- Look in more detail at the free support available on the website

- Learn about personal support

- Such as subject advisor/credible specialists/training

- Investigate ResultsPlus, Exam Wizard and other assessment support (where available)

- Understand Access to Scripts and post-results support

- Look at the published resources for students and teachers available from Pearson

Register here

Please note: a recording of the events will be sent to attendees only.

This training session goes through the processes and guidance that centres taking International qualifications need to be aware of for May/June 2021.

This includes up-to-date information and guidance on:

  • Grading
  • Quality Assurance
  • Appeals
  • Further support available for centres

Please note: This session focuses on the series as a whole and the International GCSE and A Level suites. We do not look in-depth at arrangements for particular subjects.

We will be offering a November exam series. This is an additional arrangement for 2021 only and replaces the January 2022 exam series.

The provisional timetable is below.

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Following the end of the unseen assessment window, all mark schemes and other relevant assessment related materials are now available. These can now be found on the subject pages of our website under the ‘June 2021’ materials.

We are also marking all of the unseen assessments that we have received before 1 June. We will be returning marks to you via Edexcel Online as soon as they become available so please check your Edexcel Online accounts for these. We will be returning all marks to you by 11 June.

As mentioned previously, we will not be issuing grade boundaries for these. Where you are using the unseen assessments or other mock materials to support grading decisions, please ensure that the standard that is being applied is that of the 2017-2019 series as stated within the international guidance. Grade boundaries from 2020 and 2021 should be used with caution given the a-typical nature of these series.

 

 

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A level Business

Please open the support tab below for links to delivery and assessment support,  as well as to the Facebook Group and the Subject Community

The aim is to make sure students receive grades to progress to the next stage of their education.

We have provided detailed guidance to ensure this happens. This includes:

  • Additional Assessment Materials
  • guidance material on marking exemplification
  • information on the quality assurance process and appeals
  • general support around timelines and submission systems

 

The A level Business Summer 2021 support page includes links to the summer 2021 assessment materials and the overview document which has all the information in one place.

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These materials are available in the subject pages under ‘Summer 2021 assessment materials for centres’.

The additional assessment materials have been drawn from past paper content, from both published and unpublished material. A reminder of what this means below:

  • ‘Published’: those materials publicly available on the Pearson website and
  • ‘Unpublished: ’those materials still under padlock to our centres (mainly papers from 2019/2020).

Question paper coverage is such that it allows us to draw upon our past paper content, without the need to supplement with new content.

The Additional Assessment Materials, are content organised to allow teachers the freedom to select and assess the content that they have taught their students. This should mean that teachers will have a flexible approach to assessing their students.

In order to use the organised content, teachers have been provided with a mapping grid that includes details on where this content has been drawn from, as well as information like which assessment objectives the question meets.

As suggested by the Secretary of State a proportion of this content will be drawn from unpublished materials (namely 2019/2020 papers).

The mark schemes for these questions will also be provided to teachers.

The use of additional assessment materials in assessing your students is optional. As stated in the Ofqual Consultation outcome 'It would therefore be potentially unfair to enforce compulsory use of these materials'.

The Further Assessment Materials contain short papers focusing on key areas of the specification. Each paper contains two questions, a mark scheme and annotated exemplar answers.

The first question is always a 4 mark question to support students with answering concisely. These questions test Knowledge [K], Application [P] and Analysis [An] of Themes 1 to 4. The mark schemes gives indicative content for appropriate responses.

The second questions are extended questions with marks ranging from 8 to 12 marks. These questions test the breadth and depth of students' knowledge and understanding, and cover Themes 1 to 4. Questions focused on Themes 1 and 2 are aimed at testing students' knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts. Questions aimed at Themes 3 and 4 are intended to test students' ability to respond to more complex business information, requiring them to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

The annotated answers show how marks have been applied to the exemplar responses. These exemplar responses are not definitive and other answers are acceptable, as long as they satisfy application against the business context.

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Ofqual have confirmed arrangements for UK qualifications in an exceptional autumn series.

Students who receive a teacher assessed grade this summer will be eligible to take AS or A level exams in the same subject in autumn 2021.

Ofqual has also decided that:

  • Exam boards will have to offer exams in all A level subjects and AS exams in biology, chemistry, further maths, maths and physics; exam boards will be able to offer AS exams in other subjects if they wish.
  • Exams will be in their normal format, with no adaptations made.
  • Grades will be determined by a student’s performance in an exam for all subjects, except for art and design qualifications.
  • AS and A level exams will be held in October.

More detail can be found on the Ofqual website.

Go to the Ofqual website

This online event is designed for teachers who are moving to Edexcel or delivering the Pearson Edexcel specification for the first time. This will support you in getting ready to teach the AS and A level Business specifications.

Delegates will:

- Be given an overview of the specifications and the support available

- Explore Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in detail

- Explore the AS and A level assessments in detail

- Have the opportunity to network, discuss best practice and share ideas with other teachers

For those unable to attend this session, this event will rerun in the Autumn term.

In the meantime it is also available as a pre-record here.

Pearson has reviewed the format and content of all its training events to ensure the security of its examinations cannot be compromised.

This event can count as 2 hours of CPD.

Pearson Event Code
9BS0-21O1/01

Register here

 

 

IAL Business

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IAL Business

Please open the support tab below for links to delivery and assessment support.

You will also find information on the 2021 summer and autumn exam series, student book answers and university recognition of IALs.

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This training session goes through the processes and guidance that centres taking International qualifications need to be aware of for May/June 2021.

This includes up-to-date information and guidance on:

  • Grading
  • Quality Assurance
  • Appeals
  • Further support available for centres

Please note: This session focuses on the series as a whole and the International GCSE and A Level suites. We do not look in-depth at arrangements for particular subjects.

Pearson’s approach for IAS/IAL qualifications for May/June 2021 is for centres to provide letter grades by unit. The unit results from this series will have associated UMS scores so that they can be aggregated with both existing unit results from prior exam series and unit results from future exam series.

The first document below shows how UMS conversions worked last year (the same method will apply this year), and the second document explains and illustrates the application of the unit aggregation and certification rules

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Following the end of the unseen assessment window, all mark schemes and other relevant assessment related materials are now available. These can now be found on the subject pages of our website under the ‘June 2021’ materials.

We are also marking all of the unseen assessments that we have received before 1 June. We will be returning marks to you via Edexcel Online as soon as they become available so please check your Edexcel Online accounts for these. We will be returning all marks to you by 11 June.

The International AS/A level October exam series will go ahead as planned.

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If you bought copies of the textbooks for this qualification the answers to the questions set in the textbooks are available.

We have secured IAL recognition from over 30 new global universities and admissions bodies.

New countries added to the list include Belarus, Israel and Turkey and we increased the recognition in popular European destinations Italy, Netherlands, Germany and Spain.

connectED allows students, counsellors, and universities to build meaningful relationships and go beyond just a basic college search process.

This platform is holding a free 2-day online networking event in June to boost building university admission connections to last throughout the year. And is co-organised by Pearson Edexcel’s own - Jonathan Andwati of St Andrew’s School, Kenya!

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