March 2021 Business update

Mon Mar 08 14:45:00 UTC 2021

At the end of February we learned about the arrangements for this year's GCSE and A level results. By the end of March, we will have published detailed guidance to help you in the collection of evidence and the process of determining a Qualification-level Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG).

This update tries to bring you the latest information we have.

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On 25 February the Department for Education and Ofqual confirmed arrangements for how this year’s GCSE and A level results will be graded and issued to students. We're now working through the detail of these arrangements to understand what they mean for schools, colleges, teachers and students, including those taking our international general qualifications.

Go to the consultation outcomes

In addition, the Chief Regulator, Simon Lebus has written an article explaining the arrangements for summer 2021.

Read the article.

Clearly, there will be a lot of information coming out over the next few weeks and it is important that you have the latest information. To keep up to date you can:

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Be The Future

Be The Future is a social enterprise challenge for all students in Key Stages 3–5.

The Be the Future submission window has been extended to Friday 19th March at 5pm

The challenge is to create a social enterprise idea that addresses a social or environmental issue, such as poverty, climate change or inequality. We want to hear your ideas for a social enterprise that could work to resolve these issues.

Learners with the top entries will win an online enterprise workshop, hosted by the Peter Jones Foundation, with the opportunity to meet and hear from leading social entrepreneurs. They will also win a social enterprise hamper, full of small business goodies.

Learners are encouraged to submit a short video pitch (2 minutes, max) of their idea, or an activity sheet if they can't do the video.

The Be the Future website has more information about the campaign, our partnership with the Peter Jones Foundation and the relevant documents to submit your entries.

Go to the Be The Future site

Pearson National Tutoring Programme

We’re passionate about helping every child succeed and achieve their full potential through learning. That’s why we’re excited to have been chosen as a Tuition Partner for the National Tutoring Programme (NTP).

The NTP provides additional support for schools through subsidised tuition of disadvantaged pupils whose learning has been most affected by school closures.

How do you know if your pupils are eligible for subsidised tuition through the National Tutoring Programme?

Read our latest article.

Games and Simulations in Accounting and Finance Education Conference (GSAFE), 20 April 2021

The GSAFE virtual conference will explore games, simulations and playful learning in accounting and finance education. The conference theme has a broad scope, and will cover presentations regarding both the pedagogical techniques in learning and teaching practice, and also research into this area of accounting education.

Find out more

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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

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Professional Development Academy

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.

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

Business as Usual podcasts

These monthly podcasts cover a couple of news stories each month as well looking at a topic from the spec and looking at an exam question.

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

We will now work with you to make sure students receive grades to progress to the next stage of their education.

We'll provide detailed guidance and support to ensure this happens. This will include how to reach grading decisions, the creation of assessment materials, the quality assurance process and appeals, along with the general support around timelines and submission systems.

 

 

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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.

On 3 February we confirmed that we will use a robust alternative approach for International GCSE assessment in May/June 2021 and exams will not go ahead as planned. It’s important that you make your entries as usual by 21 March 2021 to ensure that students receive their qualification grade this Summer.

To ensure fairness for all students around the world, we want to ensure parity with our UK qualifications and so will align the evidence-based approach for International GCSEs with the approach for UK qualifications, as far as it is sensible to do so.

Student grades will be derived by teachers and centres with support throughout from Pearson. With our support it will be possible to use a variety of evidence to inform the grade which will be submitted to Pearson. We want to ensure that you have access to assessment materials that will enable objective and fair judgements to be made about student performance.

One of the forms of evidence that will be made available is the optional use of unseen test materials. We will send unseen test materials to all centres – teachers and students will be familiar with the style of the materials as they will look like question papers used in a normal exam series. The materials will need to be kept securely, until a specified date, and we will provide details of what you will need to do in due course – it will be very similar to how you typically deal with exam materials.

These test materials can then be used in two ways; firstly, as unseen materials presented to students in a controlled situation, in a specified timeframe, for them to respond to; or secondly, after the specified timeframe, in the knowledge that they may be familiar to students, used as one part of the evidence that supports the teacher grade – we will provide more detail on each of these options in the coming weeks.

To support the use of these unseen materials we will be offering an optional marking service where our expert examiners will mark your student responses. We will mark the test materials and return a mark to you for your consideration when deriving the student grade. We will provide you with support to understand how the mark aligns with performance descriptors so that you can be confident in your understanding of the mark. This will be an optional service and if you would prefer to mark the materials yourself, we will be providing mark schemes and training materials so that you can do so with confidence.

We are also consulting on a preferred timeframe for an additional series for Pearson Edexcel International GCSE. Please see below.

 

 

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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

We will now work with you to make sure students receive grades to progress to the next stage of their education.

We'll provide detailed guidance and support to ensure this happens. This will include how to reach grading decisions, the creation of assessment materials, the quality assurance process and appeals, along with the general support around timelines and submission systems.

 

 

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.

We will use a robust approach based on teacher assessment for International AS/A level assessment in May/June 2021 and exams will not go ahead as planned.

It’s important that you make your entries as usual by 21 March 2021 to ensure that students receive their qualification grade this Summer.

With the approach for UK qualifications now confirmed, we can now provide you with an update on the approach that we'll adopt for International AS/A Level. To ensure fairness for all students around the world, we want to ensure parity with our UK qualifications and so will align the evidence-based approach for international qualifications with the approach for UK qualifications, as far as it's sensible to do so.

Student grades will be derived by teachers and centres, with support throughout from Pearson. With our support, it will be possible to use a variety of evidence to inform the grade that will be submitted to Pearson. We want to ensure that you have access to assessment materials that will enable objective and fair judgements to be made about student performance.

One of the forms of evidence that will be made available is the optional use of unseen test materials. We'll send unseen test materials to all centres – teachers and students will be familiar with the style of the materials as they will look like question papers used in a normal exam series. The materials will need to be kept securely, until a specified date, and we'll provide details of what you'll need to do in due course – it will be very similar to how you typically deal with exam materials.

These test materials can then be used in two ways; firstly, as unseen materials presented to students in a controlled situation, in a specified timeframe, for them to respond to; or secondly, after the specified timeframe, in the knowledge that they may be familiar to students, used as one part of the evidence that supports the teacher grade. We will provide more detail on each of these options in the coming weeks.

To support the use of these unseen materials, we'll be offering an optional marking service where our expert examiners will mark your student responses. We'll mark the test materials and return a mark to you for your consideration when deriving the student grade. We'll provide you with support to understand how the mark aligns with performance descriptors so that you can be confident in your understanding of the mark. This will be an optional service and if you'd prefer to mark the materials yourself, we'll be providing mark schemes and training materials so that you can do so with confidence.

The approach for this series will be underpinned by a quality assurance process that focuses on helping you to make judgements, based on evidence, that are objective and consistent. There will be several different stages, and we'll provide an update as soon as we can, but we are committed to ensuring that it is supportive and not overly burdensome.

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.

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