May 2022 Business update

Sun May 01 13:45:00 UTC 2022

Welcome to the May update!

The Joint Council for Qualifications has released important information about special considerations in May/June 2022 which you may wish to read below.

Our network meetings have now finished for this year and will resume in September.  The materials and recordings for the January to April meetings are available below.

In terms of resources there are new resource booklets for GCSE Business, as well as new teaching resources for A level Business topics 1.5 and 2.5.

The deadline for the 2022 Be The Future Enterprise Challenge is 10 June.  

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May/June 2022 exam series

JCQ have released updated Special Considerations Guidance to cover COVID-19 for Summer 2022. The guidance has been created in line with the latest UKHSA guidance. Candidates should be encouraged to attend examinations as much as possible and where it is safe to do so in line with Government guidelines.

However, if a candidate is staying at home and avoiding contact with others in line with UKHSA guidance at the time of the examination, the candidtae would be considered to be absent from the examination for an acceptable reason and would be eligible for special consideration. This includes candidates who are displaying the symptoms described in the UKHSA guidance as advising them to stay at home (e.g. a high temperature for those aged 18 and under) as well as those with a positive COVID-19 test result. Where a candidate still wishes to attend an examination, despite having symptoms (e.g. a high temperature) or a positive COVID-19 test, the centre should encourage the candidate to follow the UKHSA’s guidance.

The JCQ awarding bodies will be adapting Form 14 - JCQ/ME - Self-certification for candidates who have missed an examination to assist centres in dealing with candidates who are absent from an examination for an acceptable reason in line with the UKHSA guidance. Centres will expect parents, carers and candidates to complete the relevant sections of the form. Centres can verify the candidate’s circumstances, where provided in Form 14, to process an application for special consideration using the category ‘absent candidate’. There is no requirement for a candidate to complete a COVID-19 test to provide evidence of their absence from an examination.

JCQ will be releasing a further set of FAQs but examples can be found on pages 20-21 of the guide.

The Advance Information is now available for:

  • AS and A level Business,
  • GCSE Business
  • International GCSE Business

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The purpose of advance information is to support students’ revision, and it is intended to give information in advance about the focus of the content of the summer 2022 exams.  

Our website is up-to-date with FAQs on advance information.

The JCQ Advance Information page has published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for both Students and Exam Centres, as well as Guidance for Students.

This page provides information and support to you and your students as you prepare for the summer 2022 assessments. We’ll be releasing more information and guidance as arrangements are confirmed and will ensure we keep you up to date with all the qualification news for summer 2022.

Contingency arrangements that are being put in place in the unlikely event that examinations cannot take place in May/June 2022.

Grading

Ofqual has also published its position on grading (grade boundaries) for the May/June 2022 exam series.

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Be The Future - deadline 10 June

BTF 2022

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The 2022 Be The Future challenge is to create a social enterprise idea that addresses a social or environmental issue, such as poverty, climate change or inequality. Learners are encouraged to submit ideas for a social enterprise that could work to resolve these issues.

Submissions will be categorised by learners' Key Stage.

The deadline has been extended in case you wanted to link Be The Future to World Environment Day (5 June).

Go to the 2022 Be The Future page.

If you wanted to link the Be The Future challenge to curriculum content there are two activities available one for GCSE and one for A level:

  • GCSE 2.1.4 and environmental trade-offs
  • A level 1.3.1 design and social trends

Go to the activities

 

Training and professional development

We are always looking to recruit examiners across our qualifications. This is an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable insight into assessment and to work with other examiners to get some fresh teaching and learning ideas and approaches for your subject. More information about our vacancies, the application criteria and which subjects are currently recruiting can be found on our assessment associates web page.

You’re not alone. Many teachers have been asking about our plans and thousands of students took our onscreen GCSE mocks last year.

We believe in creating assessments that encourage progress, enable access and inclusion, and enrich learning. This has driven our use of onscreen assessment in over 115 countries for more than a decade and how we approach what’s next.

Our focus: where and how we can use technology to positively impact assessments and students’ lives.

Find out more about onscreen assessment.  

The recordings and materials from the January-April 2022 network meetings are now available:

  1. Question setting using existing materials
  2. Plans on how to approach the Advance Information
  3. Application and use of case studies.
  4. The command verbs - exam technique

Each session includes a recording and access to the materials used.

The recordings and materials from the January - April 2022 network meetings are now available:

  1. 1. How to support learners when developing their chains of reasoning
  2. Plans on how to approach the Advance Information
  3. How to use and adapt other materials for additional assessment material
  4. How to help students prepare for the 20 mark question

Each session includes a recording and access to the materials used.

The “Teach accounting with confidence” course uses the BaSIS Framework to help learners understand the accounting equation and the relationship between assets, liabilities, equity, income and expenses.  The Colour Accounting Learning System is an educational approach that makes accounting education accessible, engaging and fun for learners and teachers alike.

The course is hosted on the Accounting Cafe website.

The introdcutory session outlines the pedagogy.

Listen to the introductory session.

There are seven further sessions:

  • 1. The BaSIS Board
  • 2. Sources of Finance
  • 3. Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • 4. Statement of Financial Position
  • 5. Financial analysis using ratio
  • 6. Cash Flows
  • 7. Break-even, budgeting and forecasting
  • 8. Other applications

Each session includes a recording and access to free teaching resources, presentations, class activities and assessment practice examples.


Go to the A level course

27 – 29 June 2022

Cavendish Conferences, Central London or online (run over 5 days)

This course is a serious attempt to prepare teachers to deliver Business Studies for the first time. It includes direct instruction on how to teach elasticity, accounts & ratios, investment appraisal, ethics and many other key topics.

Plenty of exam questions and student answers are looked at to establish the right level – A level.

Delegates receive a memory stick with a wealth of Ian Marcouse’s resources.

The 3 day course is £399 including lunches and all refreshments and a memory stick packed with resources.

To register, please email: marcouse@btopenworld.com

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

Taking care of Business - Migrant entrepreneurs and the making of modern Britain

Migrant entrepreneurs

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Taking Care of Business is a new immersive exhibition at the Migration Museum.

From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, the apps on our phones to the products in our homes, our lives wouldn’t be the same without migrant entrepreneurs. So many of the businesses that are most integral to our lives – from M&S to Rimmel, corner shops to apps – are the products of migration.

Entrepreneurship has always been at the heart of the immigrant experience. For many, starting a business is the only way to survive in a new land, whilst others arrive with an idea and a plan. Immigrants are almost twice as likely to found a business as people born in the UK, while almost half of the UK’s fastest-growing companies have an immigrant founder.

Taking Care of Business puts this vital story at centre stage, highlighting migrant entrepreneurs past and present across a wide range of sectors, from fashion to tech, finance to nightlife

The museum is based in Lewisham Shopping Centre, London SE13 7HB and welcomes educational visits (appropriate for GCSE Business Topic 1.1 and A level Business Topic 1.5).

Find out more about the exhibition.

 

 

Be In Business

Be in Business

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#BeInBusiness is an online initiative created to support schools and educators, by inspiring greater student inclusion in Business at GCSE and A Level with a series of thought-provoking interviews, real-life case studies, and exciting industry contributions, designed to be widely shared in schools and educational settings.

As part of the campaign, we would like to spotlight a diverse range of perspectives and achievements through an interview series, in which a young business student interviews a diverse business leader.

We would be delighted if one (or more) of your students would be interested in performing these interviews. If you think this would be of interest, please fill in the short form below and we will get in touch with you shortly.

 

Online schooling and alternative provision

As part of an ongoing piece of work here at Pearson in partnership with the University of West London, we're seeking insights from educators across the country about online learning and alternative provision.

We'd like to hear about your experiences of alternative provision within your own school and how the pandemic may have affected students in such provision.

Please share your thoughts in this survey

 

Our Business qualifications

GCSE Lion

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GCSE Business

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

NEW!  GCSE delivery and assessment booklets

We are pleased to be able to provide you with a full series* of booklets covering every topic for the course content of our GCSE Business qualification. The purpose of this resource pack is to provide you with a pre-prepared framework for embedding booklet style materials into your course delivery, but with complete freedom to both edit and personalise them to meet your centre needs.
 
These booklets can:
  • be used as a summative activity at the end of a taught topic
  • form part of a revision programme after the whole course has been taught
  • create a digital and online support offer for homework or remote study
  • focus students on a concise review of the wider course.
The booklets will be uploaded during the April.
 
Why not follow the link and see which booklets have already been uploaded?

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources from Pearson
  • paid-for resources from Hodder
  • other paid-for resources

For help with:

  • recorded feedback training
  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics

The May/June 2022 exam timetable is:

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Results day: 25 August 2022

This Advance Information for the May/June 2022 exam series is now available below.

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This guidance below aims to give teachers and learners an indication of the approach taken to advance information and is available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and learning materials' page for GCSE Business.

The advance information revision support, including your free front-of-class Revision ActiveBooks, can be accessed through the subject interactive PDF below.

Go to the Advance Information revision support page

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Help your GCSE Business students prepare for mocks and stay confident with the free Pearson Revise web app and a 55% discount* on revision books!

Matched to the Pearson Edexcel specification.

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International GCSE Business

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

You will also find information on the 2022 summer exam series.

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources

For help with:

  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • exemplar answers
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics

The May/June 2022 exam timetable is:

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Results day: 25 August 2022

This Advance Information for the May/June 2022 exam series is now available below.

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This guidance below aims to give teachers and learners an indication of the approach taken to advance information and is available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and learning materials' page for International GCSE Business.

We know that many of you will still want to offer International GCSE exams between May/June 2022 and May/June 2023 and we will therefore continue to run the January series in 2023.

This will be the last January International GCSE series.
 

We're introducing a regular International GCSE November series, first running in November 2023. This series is being introduced to best meet the needs of students requiring International GCSE exam opportunities outside of the full May/June series and it will include International GCSE Business.

There will be no November series in 2022.

Please take a look at the timeline in the document below.

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A level Business

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

Four new Topic 1.5. activities have been added to the drop box folder:

  • Snug
  • Biscuits
  • Fantastic Services
  • Little Moons

Four new Topic 2.5.1 activities have been added to the drop box folder:

  • Inflation at Nestle
  • Consumer confidence
  • Necessities and luxuries
  • Unilever and inflation

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources from Pearson
  • paid-for resources from Hodder
  • other paid-for resources

For help with:

  • recorded feedback training
  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics

The pre-released context for the May/June 2022 paper 3 is now available.

The May/June 2022 exam timetable is:

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Results day: 18 August 2022

This Advance Information for the May/June 2022 exam series is now available below.

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The guidance below aims to give teachers and learners an indication of the approach taken to advance information and is available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and learning materials' page for A level Business.

The advance information revision support, including your free front-of-class Revision ActiveBooks, can be accessed through the subject interactive PDF below.

Go to the Advance Information revision support page

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The exam question finder tool allows you to find questions from the 2016-2019 exam series allowing you to filter by paper, topic, marks, question number and year. The document links directly to the case study in each case.

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 additional assessment materials were produced last summer but are catalogued by theme and sub topic.

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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 2022 summer exam series.

For those candidates cashing in our modular International A Levels this May/June, a reminder that grades from prior series, including TAG grades from May/June 2021, were awarded UMS marks, and so can be aggregated with unit results from May/June 2022 to count towards the final award.

This approach ensures that work produced for TAGs in 2021 can count towards the final grade. This is particularly relevant for International A Level candidates who completed International AS units in May/June 2021.  

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • IAL university recognition
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources
  • Student book answers 

For help with:

  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • exemplar answers
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics

The exam timetable is:

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Results day: 18 August 2022

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