May 2021 Business update

7 May 2021

The next few weeks are likely to be absorbed with the TAG process and the first section of this update headed Summer 2021 support tries to cover all the information you will need.  The support links include a timeline with the key dates and there is information from the JCQ and Ofqual.  Qualification specific information follows under the headings later in the update.

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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)
 

At the end of April, Ofqual released an update about the quality assurance stages and what their requirements are.

Read the Ofqual announcement

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.

Sign up for training events

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

The arrangements for awarding grades to students in summer 2021 include internal and external quality assurance measures which aim to ensure that on results day student are issued with fair and consistent grades that have been objectively reached. Sharing information with students about the evidence being used as part of a centre’s grade determination process is important and should help to avoid issues that may otherwise arise when results are issued.

Students will be able to appeal their grade. A student who is unhappy with their grade will first ask their centre to check whether an administrative or procedural error had been made. 

Where a centre does identify an error in the grade submitted to the exam board, it can submit a revised grade and a rationale for the board to consider. If the exam board is satisfied with the rationale, it will issue a revised grade. 

Where a centre does not believe an error had been made, a student can ask the centre to appeal to the exam board on their behalf. The centre will submit the student’s appeal to the exam board and provide the evidence on which its judgement had been made; the exam board will consider whether, in its view, the grade reflected a reasonable exercise of academic judgement – both in terms of the evidence selected, and the overall grade awarded.

If the exam board judges that it did not, the exam board will determine the grade that the evidence would support, or will refer the case back to the centre to take further action. The exam board will also check that the centre had followed its own process.

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

 

Jun 2, 2021 09:00 AM

An introduction to Teaching Online.

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand some of the challenges of teaching online,
  • Explore and understand how to overcome of these challenges,
  • How to develop student/teacher relationships in an online environment.

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
 

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

 

GCSE Lion

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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'.

 

 

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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.

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.

One of the forms of evidence available is the optional use of unseen test materials. These test materials can be used in two ways: As unseen materials presented to students in a controlled situation, in a specified timeframe, for them to respond to, or 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.

The unseen assessment window has started and is open until 14 May.

Assessments must be used according to the schedule that is available on our website and in line with the approach that is outlined in your centre policy. If you are planning on adapting the assessments this can only be done after the scheduled day the assessment is due to be sat.

If a candidate cannot sit the assessment then please mark them as absent when you return the scripts to us.

Mark schemes will be available from 17 May 2021. Our Principal Examiners may refine the mark schemes and final published mark schemes will be released on 4 June. It is acceptable to use the mark schemes released on 17 May to mark assessments.

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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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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.

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.

One of the forms of evidence available is the optional use of unseen test materials. These test materials can be used in two ways: As unseen materials presented to students in a controlled situation, in a specified timeframe, for them to respond to, or 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.

The unseen assessment window has started and is open until 14 May.

Assessments must be used according to the schedule that is available on our website and in line with the approach that is outlined in your centre policy. If you are planning on adapting the assessments this can only be done after the scheduled day the assessment is due to be sat.

If a candidate cannot sit the assessment then please mark them as absent when you return the scripts to us.

Mark schemes will be available from 17 May 2021. Our Principal Examiners may refine the mark schemes and final published mark schemes will be released on 4 June. It is acceptable to use the mark schemes released on 17 May to mark assessments.

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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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