September 2021 Business update

10 September 2021

Welcome back to the new year!

In this month's update there is news of four network events this term as well as the qualification specific news including training events and the key dates for the autumn exam series.

There are still some uncertainties with regard to the 2022 exams and by the end of September we should have had confirmation from the Department for Education and Ofqual about the path to take this year. There is a little more information below.

I hope that the start of term goes smoothly.

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May/June 2022 exam series

In July, the DfE and Ofqual released their consultation on the format of assessments in summer 2022 for UK GCSE, AS and A level. This consultation has now closed and we await the final outcome. Full details can be found on their website. We know there are still uncertainties around some assessments in 2022 but hope that by the middle to end of September we should have confirmation.

The proposals for each subject are set out in Annex A of the consultation document.  For Business the proposal is the provision of advance information about the focus of the content of exams.

We are able to confirm that due to the modular nature of International AS and A Level qualifications there will be no adjustments to these papers in 2022. We are also working on arrangements for International GCSE qualifications and will share a further update once confirmed.

 We’ll continue to keep our Summer 2022 support page up to date with the latest information.

Appeals

On 8 June Ofqual and the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) published their guidance for appeals in 2021. These are important documents that outline the processes that will be in place for this summer’s appeals process.

Go to the Ofqual Statutory guidance: appeals under the GQAA regulatory framework

Go to the JCQ A guide to appeals processes Summer 2021 series

Appendix C contains a list of the evidence which Awarding Organisations will need in the event of an appeal.

Go to Appendix C

We also have an overview video on the appeals process and a Appeals summer 2021 web page.

On 8 June Ofqual and the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) published their guidance for appeals in 2021. These are important documents that outline the processes that will be in place for this summer’s appeals process.

Go to the Ofqual Statutory guidance: appeals under the GQAA regulatory framework

Go to the JCQ A guide to appeals processes Summer 2021 series

We will follow the same principles for Pearson’s International GCSEs and International AS/A Levels. The document below provides a summary of the appeals process for these international qualifications and also provides information on where the appeals process will differ from the arrangements detailed in the JCQ document.

International qualification appeals should be submitted using the Pearson Appeals Portal. This will be accessed by centres via Edexcel Online (EOL). Applications to appeal should be submitted with the relevant supporting evidence for the appeal.

Further information can be found on our Appeals summer 2021 web page, including information on the appeals process and guidance for our international qualifications.

 

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October/November 2021 exam series

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We have created a new dedicated web page for the Autumn 2021 session, where you can find up to date information about:

  • Key Dates and Entry Requirements
  • International GQ guidance
  • Coursework and NEA
  • How to deliver exams safely
  • Fees

The final timetables for all UK and International qualifications in October and November can now be found on our website.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have also published their key dates document for the exceptional Autumn series.

Future of Qualifications and Assessment Research

At Pearson we are carrying out research for the second phase of our Future of Qualifications and Assessment project and would like to hear from teachers and lecturers to help us shape our vision. We are looking for professionals teaching in any type of educational institution, working mostly with learners aged 14 or older in any subject or discipline, to participate in a 90-minute online workshop. For those that take part, we'll give you a £20 Amazon voucher to say thanks! The sessions will take place from 4 to 5.30pm on various dates in September. To sign up, please complete the short survey below and we'll get back you soon with more information.

Training and Professional Development

JS200 BTEC Int RHBs x 4

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This is the first of a series of monthly online GCSE and A level Business network events. These events offer you a place to network with colleagues, share ideas, strategies and resources.

This first session welcomes GCSE and A level teachers back to the new term. There will be an opportunity to break out into rooms, complete an activity with colleagues and share ideas. Resources will be provided to take away.

The second session (21 October) will focus on turning theory into practical business activities for students which can be delivered online or in the classroom.

The third session (17 November) will focus on ‘Evaluation’ providing exemplars and activities to support the teaching of this important skill to help students develop valuable exam technique.

The fourth session (8 December) will aim to support you with mocks and preparing for assessment in 2022.  This session will focus on marking levels-based responses.  

Find out more and register for the following events:

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

 

 

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.

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

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

Entry for the autumn 2021 exam series for GCSE examinations is restricted to students who have received a teacher-assessed grade in summer 2021 and to students who are able to demonstrate that they would have entered summer 2021 exams had they not been cancelled. Centres should only submit entries for students where they are confident that they meet the eligibility criteria and can provide suitable evidence to the awarding organisation on request.  

The entry deadline is 4 October 2021.  

The November 2021 exam timetable is:

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Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business: New to Edexcel

Description
This online event is designed for teachers who are moving to Edexcel or delivering the Pearson Edexcel specification for the first time. This will support you in getting ready to teach the GCSE (9-1) Business specification.

During the session you will:

- Consider the structure, content and assessment of this new qualification, and the support available to guide you through the changes

- Explore possible teaching and delivery strategies for the new qualification

- Review the new content in the specification and exam techniques

- Explore the points-based mark schemes

- Explore the levels-based mark schemes

- Have the opportunity to network via the chat facility

The content of this event is based on the reformed specification for first teaching from September 2017.

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

This event can count as 2 hours of CPD.


Event Fee (GBP)
Free


Pearson Event Code
1BS0-21O1/02

The Pearson Revise app is free for your students to use to support their independent learning. Students can track and share their progress with teachers whilst testing their KS4 knowledge with quick quizzes!

 

 

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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 is a repeat of the training that took place in spring 2021. This online training is designed for teachers who are new to delivering the International GCSE Business specification. The training is comprised of three 'standalone' modules which are booked separately.

This module focuses on teaching the course and will give you an understanding of the content of the qualification and how to cover it, course/lesson planning, understanding the assessment and preparing students for it, and a brief overview of support from Pearson available to teachers.  

21 September 08.00-10.00 Pearson Edexcel International GCSE Business Welcome to Pearson (Module 1)

In Module 1, delegates will:

  • Identify how the qualification is devised and fundamental documentation
  • Review the content of the qualification
  • Explore how to plan the course and/or lessons
  • Understand the assessment of the qualification and how to prepare students
  • Identify support available from Pearson

Register here

Please note: a recording of the events will be sent to attendees only.

This is a repeat of the training that took place in spring 2021. This online training is designed for teachers who are new to delivering the International GCSE Business specification. The training is comprised of three 'standalone' modules which are booked separately.

This module will give you an understanding of how the content is assessed by reviewing the assessment objectives and mark schemes, practise applying the mark schemes using exemplar student work, as well as an understanding of how marks were determined.  

23 September 08.00-10.00 Pearson Edexcel International GCSE and A level  Welcome to Pearson (Module 2)

In Module 2, delegates will:

  • Understand the Assessment Objectives for the qualification
  • Understand the question types for the qualification
  • Understand the mark schemes for the qualification
  • Practise using the mark schemes using exemplar student work
  • Learn about the support provided by Pearson around assessment and exemplars

Register here

Please note: a recording of the events will be sent to attendees only.

Description

Please note: This is a repeat of the training that took place in 2020.

This training is designed for teachers who are delivering the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE Business.

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.

In Module 1, 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 which use levels based mark scheme-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.

- Review the support Pearson offers for the qualification.

- Network, discuss best practice and share ideas with other teachers.

The content of this training is based on the reformed specifications for first teaching from September 2018.

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

This training can count as 2 hours of CPD.

Event Fee (GBP) - £25 excl. tax

Pearson Event Code - 4BS1-21IO5/01

Register here

Please note: a recording of the events will be sent to attendees only.

We will be offering a November exam series. This is an additional arrangement for 2021 only and replaces the January 2022 exam series.

The entry deadline is 4 October 2021.

The timetable is 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

Interested in moving to Pearson Edexcel A Level Business?

Description

This online event is designed to give teachers an introduction to and an overview of our A Level Business qualification. Business is a growing subject in UK schools, remains popular at both GCSE and A Level, and offers future proof skills to help students progress onto further education and employment. If you are thinking about launching our A Level in Business this event is for you.

By the end of this event, you will:

- Feel confident that you could deliver Pearson Edexcel and that you could bring your department with you

- Be able to find all the necessary materials and support your delivery

- Recognise the benefits of the support we offer

- Hear about the other events planned for the term ahead to help your teaching of Business

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

This event can count as 1 hour of CPD.

Event Fee (GBP)
Free

Pearson Event Code
21ONBS05/01

Pearson Edexcel AS and A level Business: New to Edexcel

Description

This online event is designed for teachers who are moving to Edexcel or delivering the Pearson Edexcel specification for the first time. This will support you in getting ready to teach the AS and A level Business specifications.

Delegates will:

- Be given an overview of the specifications and the support available

- Explore Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in detail

- Explore the AS and A level assessments in detail

- Have the opportunity to network, discuss best practice and share ideas with other teachers.

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

This event can count as 2 hours of CPD.

Event Fee (GBP)
Free

Pearson Event Code
9BS0-21O1/02

Entry for the autumn 2021 exam series for A level examinations is restricted to students who have received a teacher-assessed grade in summer 2021 and to students who are able to demonstrate that they would have entered summer 2021 exams had they not been cancelled. Centres should only submit entries for students where they are confident that they meet the eligibility criteria and can provide suitable evidence to the awarding organisation on request.  

The entry deadline is 8 September 2021.

The timetable for the October 2021 exam series is:

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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.

Pearson’s approach for IAS/IAL qualifications for May/June 2021 is for centres to provide letter grades by unit. The unit results from this series will have associated UMS scores so that they can be aggregated with both existing unit results from prior exam series and unit results from future exam series.

The first document below shows how UMS conversions worked last year (the same method will apply this year), and the second document explains and illustrates the application of the unit aggregation and certification rules

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The International AS/A level October exam series will go ahead as planned.

The entry deadline was 29 August 2021.

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The entry deadline is 18 October 2021.

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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.

This is a repeat of the training that took place in spring 2021. This online training is designed for teachers who are new to delivering the International Advanced level Business specification. The training is comprised of three 'standalone' modules which are booked separately.

This module focuses on teaching the course and will give you an understanding of the content of the qualification and how to cover it, course/lesson planning, understanding the assessment and preparing students for it, and a brief overview of support from Pearson available to teachers.

5 October 08.00-10.00 Pearson Edexcel International A level Business Welcome to Pearson (Module 1)

In Module 1, delegates will:

  • Identify how the qualification is devised and fundamental documentation
  • Review the content of the qualification
  • Explore how to plan the course and/or lessons
  • Understand the assessment of the qualification and how to prepare students
  • Identify support available from Pearson

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

This is a repeat of the training that took place in spring 2021. This online training is designed for teachers who are new to delivering the International Advanced level Business specification. The training is comprised of three 'standalone' modules which are booked separately.

This module will give you an understanding of how the content is assessed by reviewing the assessment objectives and mark schemes, practise applying the mark schemes using exemplar student work, as well as an understanding of how marks were determined.

7 October 08.00-10.00 Pearson Edexcel International A level Business Welcome to Pearson (Module 2)

In Module 2, delegates will:- Understand the Assessment Objectives for the qualification

  • Understand the Assessment Objectives for the qualification
  • Understand the question types for the qualification
  • Understand the mark schemes for the qualification
  • Practise using the mark schemes using exemplar student work
  • Learn about the support provided by Pearson around assessment and exemplars

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

Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International A Level Business (Module 1)

15 November 2021 at 08:00 - 10:00 GMT

Description

Please note: This is a repeat of the training that took place in 2020.

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.

In Module 1, 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 which use the 'Explain' and 'Analyse' command words 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.

- Review the support Pearson offers for the qualification.

- Network, discuss best practice and share ideas with other teachers.

The content of this training is based on the reformed specifications for first teaching from September 2018.

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

This training can count as 2 hours of CPD.

Event Fee (GBP) - £25 excl. tax

Pearson Event Code - YBS11-21IO6/01

Pearson Edexcel International GCSE/Advanced Level Business: Bridging the gap

16 November 2021 at 08:00 - 10:00 GMT

Description

Please note: This is a repeat of the training that took place in 2020.

This online training is designed for teachers who are delivering the International Advanced level Business specification. This training will give you an opportunity to learn and discuss effective teaching and learning strategies to help your students’ bridge the gap between International GCSE Business and Advanced level.

During the training, delegates will:

- Discuss the differences between International GCSE and Advanced level study, including level of difficulty, accessibility, learning styles and methods of assessment.

- Be introduced to a range of activities to both enthuse and enable students who have just completed International GCSE assessments to make and sustain the necessary step up to the level of understanding and methods of working, including independent learning, required to succeed at International A level- discuss and look at ways to address some of the common pitfalls experienced by students in taking this challenging step.

The content of this training is based on the reformed specification for first teaching from September 2018.

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

This training can count as 2 hours of CPD.

Event Fee (GBP) - £25 excl. tax

Pearson Event Code - 4BS1-21IO1/01

Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International A Level Business (Module 2)

22 November 2021 at 08:00 - 10:00 GMT

Description

Please note: This is a repeat of the training that took place in 2020.

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.

In Module 2, 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 which use the 'Discuss', 'Assess' and 'Evaluate' command words 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.

- Review the support Pearson offers for the qualification.

- Network, discuss best practice and share ideas with other teachers.

The content of this training is based on the reformed specifications for first teaching from September 2018.

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

This training can count as 2 hours of CPD.

Event Fee (GBP) - £25 excl. tax

Pearson Event Code - YBS11-21IO7/01

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