December 2022 GCSE Citizenship Studies Subject Update

Tue Dec 13 13:19:00 UTC 2022

Hello colleagues,

I hope you have had a fantastic first term and are looking forward to a well-deserved winter holiday!  From everyone within the Edexcel Citizenship Studies team, we wish you an enjoyable, restful break!

I wanted to take the opportunity before the end of term, to share some useful resources and reminders.  As always, if you have any questions about anything within this update or about our Citizenship Studies qualifications, please do get in touch at TeachingCitizenship@pearson.com

Best wishes, 
 
Susan Currey

Citizenship Studies Subject Advisor 

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British Values Posters

We've created a series of promotional posters for GCSE Citizenship Studies highlighting how this course links to the British values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance.  

We hope you find them a useful addition to your classrooms!

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British values posters

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Specification amends network event resources

In November, we ran a network event for anyone with questions regarding the recent Citizenship Studies specification amends.  If you were unable to attend this, the slides and resources are available for you to view and download.  

You can access these at the link below:

Citizenship Amends network event resources

Access to Scripts: deadline

Edexcel offers a free 'Access to scripts' service following exam series.  This allows teachers to download (with student consent) their students' scripts to see how they performed in the exam and what marks were awarded. 

This service for the Summer 2022 exam series ends on December 16th so please make sure you have used this prior to then.  To find out more about this service, please see the link below which will provide further information:

Access to scripts service

The Portal can only be accessed by Edexcel Online users who have the Exam Viewer profile ticked on Edexcel Online. Exams officers can give teachers access to Exam Viewer.

Scripts do not have examiner annotation on them. The marked script allows teachers to evaluate how the student performed on particular questions in relation to what they have been taught; the Principal Examiner's report and the exemplars that we make available demonstrate how the mark scheme is applied.

If scripts have been marked ‘traditionally’ (i.e. not online), you will need to request them, free of charge, by 16 December 2022, via the Post Results  section of Edexcel Online as in previous exam series.

Candidate consent 
Candidate consent is required before requesting script copies, as per section 4.2 of the JCQ's Post-results services guide. Candidate consent can only be obtained after results have been published.

Taking Citizenship Action 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 to say 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:

Citizenship Action Form

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Become an examiner with us!

We are starting our examiner recruitment and are looking for specialists who are able to mark GCSE Citizenship Studies.  

Experience/qualifications needed

  • 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
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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.

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