November 2022 Business update

2 November 2022

Welcome to this November update!

The reformatted exam materials for GCSE and A level that you can use for mocks are now ready and have been uploaded to the qualification pages.  We have now had two GCSE network meetings and would invite you to join us in November and December.  The recording and materials from network meetings are uploaded to the 'Teaching and Learning Materials' section after each event.

A new set of GCSE revision materials, Smart Revise, are also now available and you can also see the teaching materials offered under the #BeInBusiness banner.

If you teach A level please be aware that from 2023 onwards, the wording of the level-based descriptors for the 8, 10 and 12 mark questions will change to provide transparency in examiners’ marking approach and greater clarity for teachers and students.  Please see the section under A level below for more information.  There are also two A level network meetings this month.

Featured below you will find the link to the November webinar in the Peter Jones Foundation webinar series called 'Igniting Enterprise' (please click on the image).

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PJF Nov 2022

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Key dates

Date Activity
15 November 2022 GCSE Business network meeting
16 November 2022 A level Business network meeting
17 November 2022 Igniting Enterprise webinar
30 November 2022 A level Business network meeting
13 December 2022 GCSE Business network meeting
16 December 2022 Closure of the Access To Scripts service (via Script Viewer) for the May/June 2022 exam series.
12 January 2023 Results day for IAL October 2022 exam series

2023 provisional exam dates

Paper 1: Investigating Small Business Friday 19 May Afternoon 1h 45m
Paper 2: Building a Business Monday 12 June Afternoon 1h 45m
Paper 1: Investigating Small Businesses Thursday 18 May Afternoon 1h 30m
Paper 2: Investigating Large Businesses Monday 12 June Afternoon 1h 30m
Paper 1: Marketing and People Friday 19 May Morning 1h 30m
Paper 2: Managing Business Activities Friday 26 May
Afternoon 1h 30m
Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses
Thursday 25 May Afternoon 2h
Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy Wednesday 07 June Morning 2h
Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment
Wednesday 14 June
Morning
2h
Unit 1: Marketing and People
Monday 08 May
Afternoon 2h
Unit 2: Managing Business Activities
Tuesday 16 May
Afternoon
2h
Unit 3: Business Decisions And Strategy
Thursday 25 May
Afternoon
2h
Unit 4: Global Business Monday 12 June Afternoon 2h

Separate source booklets for GCSE and A level exams

As announced in July the business contexts for GCSE sections B and C, and A level sections A and B will now be given in a source booklet rather than in the exam paper.

We have reformatted the 2021 and 2022 exam papers to allow learners to see the new paper format which will be used from 2023 and to allow learners  to experience the new style for mock exams.

Grading exams in 2023

This article from Ofqual confirms that in 2023 grading will return to pre-pandemic grading (2019).

Read the article

Read the statement from the DfE

Examining with Pearson Edexcel

Whatever your reason for considering becoming an examiner for Pearson Edexcel, a role within a subject assessment team can help develop your subject knowledge to better prepare students for high stakes assessments, improve your own teaching and learning approaches in the classroom, and can give you a chance to network and collaborate with other Business teachers. Over time, there are opportunities to progress into the role of team leader, where you can develop the key skills needed to manage a team.

Business is a very popular subject in UK schools and colleges and we are looking to expand our assessment teams to meet a growing demand. We would therefore welcome existing and newly trained teachers to apply to join Pearson Edexcel as an Assessment Associate (AA).

Key benefits of becoming an AA with Pearson Edexcel include

  • Professional Development – Becoming an examiner, team leader, or more senior role within a subject assessment team, will be the best subject specific training you can receive to help you progress up the career ladder within UK and International schools. Our senior examiners are all either subject leaders or part of the senior leadership in their schools.
  • Flexibility – as an examiner, standardisation, training and your assessment work will all be completed remotely, allowing you the flexibility to manage your time in a way that works for you.
  • Pay – examining for Pearson Edexcel pays not only for the work you complete but also for your time training and standardising. Over time, opportunities can expand to other paid roles relating to support and development of the subject more broadly, including paid resource development, network lead, professional development programmes and paid focus group work, all through our awarding organisation.

Please use one of the links below to complete an online application form, and start your journey to becoming an AA with us.

 

 

GCSE Business

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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
  • building your own question papers (examWizard)
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries and statistics
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Smart Revise is an online course companion for GCSE Business with hundreds of original exam-style questions which can be used for baseline assessments, end of topic tests, healthy competition, homework, identifying learning priorities, intervention, low-stakes quizzing, mastery and even full online mock exams.

Find out more about Smart Revise

 

These booklets offer a basic template for teachers and learners and include:

  • specification content
  • key terms
  • a case study
  • exam-style questions
  • explanations of command verbs

The booklets can be customised by adding images, a school logo, and further questions.  If you look on the qualification page you will see that there are two files for Topic 1.4.1.  One of them has been customised to provide an example of how this can be done.

They really are an excellent resource.

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As part of our work to support a greater engagement with the study of Business and Enterprise, we have produced, in partnership with teachers, a bank of optional lessons and resources that we believe will support teachers in introducing a wide range of concepts into their teaching of the subject. This not only includes the challenges experienced by specific groups of people in our society aiming to progress in their careers in business and enterprise, but also around opportunities for students to reflect on their own opportunities within the subject. This includes materials looking at self reflection, finding a Unique Selling Point, creating a side hustle, being an entrepreneur, and how to set up a formal company. Each lesson includes contextual challenges faced by different people, examples of how we can overcome these, and lessons learnt from people successful in the industry. For each topic there is a lesson powerpoint, handout, and videos either embedded into the materials or providing external links. The structure of each lesson, and their support notes should help you as teacher to deliver each lesson, or you are free to edit these to your own use.
 

This lesson pack investigates modern avenues and approaches into business and how entrepreneurs have captured new markets and built dynamic offers from the ground up.

GCSE Business topic links:

  • 1.1.2 Risk and reward
  • 1.1.3 The role of business enterprise
  • 1.4.1 The options for start-up and small businesses
  • 2.1.4 Ethics, the environment and business

This lesson pack invites students to look at how an individual’s experiences and background can form the basis of unique and innovative businesses.

GCSE Business topic links:

  • 1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business
  • 1.2.3 Market segmentation
  • 2.1.4 Ethics, the environment and business
  • 2.2.3 Promotion

This lesson pack explores the stages of setting up a business including key elements such as licensing and costs. It also explores some of the challenges faced by people in business from different backgrounds and case studies of how those challenges were overcome.

GCSE Business topic links:

  • 1.1.2 Risk and reward
  • 1.3.1 Business aims and objectives
  • 1.3.4 Sources of business finance
  • 1.4.1 The options for start-up and small businesses
  • 1.4.2 Business location
  • 1.5.3 Legislation and business
  • 2.1.4 Ethics, the environment and business

This lesson pack introduces students to recruitment and current best practice on inclusive and representative HR approaches for hiring.

GCSE Business topic links:

  • 2.5 Making human resource decisions

This lesson pack provides a framework and toolkit for students to recognise skills they already have in Business and how to identify and develop skills for the future.

 

 

 

International GCSE

Business

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For help with:

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

For help with:

  • building your own question papers (examWizard)
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries and statistics
     

Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International GCSE Business

In this training delegates will:

- Be introduced to the idea of assessment objectives: what are they and why they are used when writing examination papers.

- Analyse recent question papers and learn which types of question match the different assessment objectives.

- Investigate different assessment objectives, considering how questions that use a levels-based mark scheme have been answered by looking at feedback from previous exam series.

- Discuss strategies for teaching to try and make sure students can access questions targeting different assessment objectives.

Module 1: 02 November 2022 at 08:00 - 10:00 GMT

Register for Module 1

Module 2: 09 November 2022 at 08:00 - 10:00 GMT

Register for Module 2

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

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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
  • building your own question papers (examWizard)
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries and statistics
     

From 2023 onwards, the wording of the level-based descriptors for the 8, 10 and 12 mark questions will change to provide transparency in examiners’ marking approach and greater clarity for teachers and students.

These exemplars have been produced, following teacher feedback, to ensure the approach to marking is accessible to both teachers and students in preparation for final course assessment.

The senior team for GCE Business is made up of practising teachers, so we understand how important it can be to share our knowledge, understanding and the practice of marking, especially with respect to answers relating to Levels of Response questions.

Contained in this booklet is a selection of student responses taken from the summer of 2022 series, complete with the level and appropriate marks awarded. After each response is a commentary which should help to explain the level and raw mark awarded.

These selected responses aim to illustrate to teachers and learners the difference between Level 3 and level 4 responses, to clarify examiners’ approach to marking and to help students access the higher mark bands.

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The A Level Network dates:

16 November 4-5pm: Summer reflections - Paper 1 and 2

This session will focus on how well Paper 1 and Paper 2 were completed this summer. It will look at what went well and the areas for improvements using a combination of observations as an examiner and by using the principal examiners reports. The session will also look at ways in which the examiners reports may be used in lessons with students as a learning material.

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

This event can count as 1 hour of CPD. You will receive an e-certificate by email, post attendance.

 

30 November 4-5pm: Summer reflections - Paper 3

This session will focus on how well Paper 3 was completed this summer. It will look at what went well and the areas for improvements using a combination of observations as an examiner and by using the principal examiners reports. The session will also look at the focus upon the case study within this paper and how this can be effectively prepared for.

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

This event can count as 1 hour of CPD. You will receive an e-certificate by email, post attendance.

The Economics Factory now has digital versions of the Anforme A level Business books.

Visit the Economics Factory

Recorded sessions

1. Edexcel AS Theme 1  

The session will focus on 3 things: exam timing, Marketing and People and the key assessment objective: application.

Candidates may have forgotten the detailed content within this Unit, so Ian will explain the key concepts and give a host of practice exercises and tips. Exam technique will focus on 8 and 10-mark questions.

2. Edexcel AS Theme 2  

The session will focus on 3 things: Finance and Resource Management, answering 20-mark questions and evaluation as an assessment objective. The talk will be interspersed with exercises on numerical concepts from break-even to stock control.

To book the AS Paper 1 and 2 recordings, email Ian at marcouse@btopenworld.com

Live online sessions

1. Edexcel A Level Paper 1 Mar 27 12.00 & 3.30; Apr 21 12.00; May 5 10.00

A reminder will be given on exam technique for these 2-hour A Level papers, but far more time will be spent on the Themes 1 and 4, especially the trickier bits of the global context.

2. Edexcel A Level Paper 2 Mar 28th 12.00; Apr 20th 12.00; May 4th 10.00

This session focuses on subject content within Themes 2 and 3, which include the main numerical aspects of the subject content: accounts & ratios, investment decisions, decision trees, critical path and the huge strategic issue of takeovers and mergers, set in the context of organic and inorganic growth

3. Edexcel A Level Paper 3 Mar 30 12.00 & 3.30, Apr 20th 3.30; May 9th 10.00

Ian will provide a tutored reading through the Pre-Released evidence, analysing the written and numerical content. This will provide a different viewpoint, reinforcing some points and introducing others. A full checklist will be provided on topics to revise for the Paper 3 case, bearing in mind Papers 1 and 2.

Price per event: £69 until March 1st 2023; £79 thereafter

Each of these live sessions offers:

  • 75 minutes of intensive online tuition, plus follow-up Q&A
  • Flat rate of £69* covers as many students and staff as you like

After the first date, each talk available anytime as a recording, so you can schedule in normal class times

To book, please email your requirements to marcouse@btopenworld.com together with a Purchase Order, or book via the website. Ian then emails you details of how to register for the precise event and time you want. NB Each booking is for an ‘Event’. This covers you for all occasions (including the recording), so if some students are unavailable for Session A, they have free access to Session B. Running time: 75 minutes, plus a Q&A.

 

 

 

IAL


Business

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For help with:

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

For help with:

  • building your own question papers (examWizard)
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries and statistics
     

Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International A Level Business

This online training is designed for teachers who are delivering the International A Level Business specification.

This training will give you an understanding of how assessments are structured for the qualification and how your teaching can be adapted to help your students’ performance on examination papers.

The training is comprised of two 'standalone' modules which are booked separately.

Module 1: 28 November 2022 at 08:00 - 10:00 GMT

Register for Module 1

Module 2: 29 November 2022 at 08:00 - 10:00 GMT

Register for Module 2

Resource Release date
Question papers 15 November 2022
Mark schemes 6 December 2022
Results Day 12 January 2023
Examiners'reports 17 January 2023

Entry deadline: 18 October 2022

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