February 2023 GCSE Citizenship Studies Subject Update
Welcome to your Pearson Edexcel Citizenship Studies February 2023 subject update!
I hope you have had an enjoyable half term break and that you're back into the swing of the new half term now! I wanted to take the opportunity to share some useful resources, information and reminders with you. Included this month, we have another edition of our 'Citizenship in the News' resource which we hope you find useful.
As always, if you have any questions about anything within this update or about our Citizenship Studies qualification, please do get in touch with me at TeachingCitizenship@pearson.com
Citizenship Studies Subject Advisor
Citizenship in the News: Edition 2
Our 'Citizenship in the News' resource aims to stimulate discussion for GCSE Citizenship Studies by considering contemporary issues and their relevance to our lives. We have compiled a range of recent news articles* and linked these to the key questions, explored in themes A-D of the specification.
You may wish to investigate and integrate into your teaching practice to help contextualise key issues and bring the subject to life!
You can find it on our website under:
'GCSE Citizenship Studies'
'Teaching and Learning resources'
'Citizenship in the News'
*(Any views and opinions expressed through materials linked to this document are solely those of the external provider. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Pearson. Please be aware that the link provided may contain third party video content, which may contain adverts.)
Specification Amends Frequently Asked Questions
In Autumn, we released details about our Specification Amends to our Citizenship Studies qualification. We have since published some FAQs based on queries that have been raised.
Taking Citizenship Action Submission reminder
Citizenship Action is a planned course of informed action to address a citizenship issue or question of concern and aimed at delivering a benefit or change for a particular community or wider society. This is a required part of the GCSE Citizenship Studies course and students are examined on their action as part of Paper 2.
Each year, centres must certify that candidates have completed their Citizenship Action and submit a form to confirm this.
This must be submitted by 15th May.
The links to the Citizenship Action form and the authentification submission are below:
Become an examiner with us!
We are starting our examiner recruitment and are looking for specialists who are able to mark GCSE Citizenship Studies.
- You will have one academic year's worth of teaching experience:
a. within the last 8 years
b. within the relevant qualification and subject
- You will have a degree or equivalent
- You will be a qualified teacher
This is an invaluable opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of the subject area and assessment process, building your confidence as a teacher and assessor.
Association of Citizenship Teachers CPD events
ACT is the subject community for Citizenship teachers and educators. They support those leading, teaching and supporting Citizenship education in schools and colleges.
They provide useful support for teachers of Citizenship to access a range of resources, events and advice.
Further information can be found on their website:
Upcoming events include:
- Citizenship Knowledge Part 3
- Using Local Community groups in Active Citizenship
- What does a good GCSE Citizenship Lesson look like?
- Virtual Staffroom
- Improving Active Citizenship Investigations for GCSE Citizenship Studies
More information about their events can be found on their webpage:
EPQ online assessment training
Do you also teach our Level 3 EPQ qualification?
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 EPQ online training event
Join us for a free online training event with our Chief Moderator who will model the marking process using unseen exemplar materials and explore a range of T&L strategies.
Tuesday 14th March 2023
(16:00 - 18:00 GMT)