October 2022 Business update

Sat Oct 01 13:45:00 UTC 2022

Welcome to this October update!

Our GCSE network meetings are now underway with a very high attendance at the September meeting.  These meetings are recorded and both content and recordings are uploaded to the qualification page (where you can also find last year's network meetings).

We have uploaded a range of new GCSE teaching resources, booklets for each subtopic, as well as the #Be In Business lesson packs. The #Be In Business packs would also work for International GCSE.

We have also invited you to complete a short feedback form about the Pearson GCSE Business textbook.

Featured below you will also find the link to the October webinar in the Peter Jones Foundation webinar series called 'Igniting Enterprise'.

I hope the term is going well.

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Key dates

Date Activity
13 October 2022 Igniting Enterprise - a webinar hosted by the Peter Jones Foundation featuring Priscilla Israel
18 October 2022 Entry deadline for the January 2023 IAL exam series.
18 October 2022 GCSE Business network meeting
15 November 2022 GCSE 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

New GCSE Booklets

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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The Pearson GCSE textbook

As it is the start of a new academic year, Pearson's publishing team are asking Business teachers for their thoughts on the current Pearson Edexcel GCSE Business student textbook! To have your say, you can fill in a quick survey by following the link below.

Thank you in advance from the publishing team!

Igniting enterprise webinar - 15 October

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GCSE Business

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

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

20 September 4-5pm: Teaching Theme 1 and Paper 1 reflection

18 October 4-5pm: Teaching Theme 2 and Paper 2 reflection

15 November 4-5pm: revision techniques, resources and games

13 December 4-5pm: Mocks marking

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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.

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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

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

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

Anforme books

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

Visit the Economics Factory

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
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 2022 summer exam series.

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

Results Day: 12 January 2023

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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

Entry deadline: 18 October 2022

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