GCSE Citizenship Studies October 2022 Subject Update

10 October 2022

Welcome to your Pearson Edexcel Citizenship Studies October 2022 subject update.

Hello colleagues,

Welcome to our first installment of our email subject updates!  I hope the start of the academic year has been smooth so far and that students have settled back into your classrooms. 

I wanted to take the opportunity to share some useful information about changes to our specification and remind you of how we can support you in delivering our GCSE Citizenship Studies qualification.   If you have any questions, please do get in touch!

Best wishes, 
 
Susan Currey
Citizenship Studies Subject Advisor 

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In this update,

  • Welcome
  • Introduction to the Citizenship Studies subject advisor
  • Summer 2023 - return to normal series
  • How to get support
  • Booking a Teams appointment
  • Citizenship community group
  • GCSE Citizenship Studies Amends
  • Magistrate mock trial

Welcome

Welcome to the first installment of our monthly Citizenship Studies subject update!  I'm really excited to be introducing this as a way to start sharing the support and resources available for this qualification!  I hope that you find it a useful tool to support you!

Susan Currey

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Introducing the Citizenship Studies subject advisor

My name is Susan Currey and I'm thrilled to be supporting you with our Citizenship Studies qualification.  I come from a teaching background and have been working in a range of different schools since 2008 as both a teacher and subject leader. 

In this time, I have mentored ECTs, delivered CPD and led whole school Citizenship programmes across schools, as well as working as an examiner. I am excited to be taking on this role and I look forward to sharing resources, ideas and working with teachers to support students taking GCSE Citizenship Studies. 

The subject advisor role is intended to support you so please do get in touch with any questions you may have.  

Summer 2023: return to normal series

In Summer 2022 Citizenship Studies students were provided with Advance Information, identifying the major focus of the exams which students could use to help focus their revision.

Earlier this year the Department for Education announced the return to full subject content and assessment coverage for subjects such as Citizenship Studies in Summer 2023.  They have stated that their “intention is to return to the carefully designed and well-established pre-pandemic assessment arrangements as quickly as possible, given they are the best and fairest way of assessing what students know and can do.”

Teachers should therefore plan and work on the basis that Summer 2023 will be a normal exam series with no Advance Information, however the DfE and Ofqual stated that they will “continue to monitor the path and impact of the pandemic and evaluate the delivery of arrangements this year, including the provision of exam aids, such as formulae sheets, and advance information to support students’ revision, before finalising 2023 arrangements.”

Read the DfE announcement

We will update teachers if we receive any further updates from the DfE and Ofqual on Summer 2023.

How to get support

Edexcel Website

A useful way to get support is from our website.  Our Citizenship subject page is regularly updated with news about the Citizenship Studies qualification.  From here, you can access our news items and the qualification page.  

Link to Citizenship subject page

Additionally, our qualification page for GCSE Citizenship Studies allows you to access past papers, mark schemes, examiner reports, the specification and a range of teaching and learning materials.

Link to GCSE Citizenship Studies qualification page

Email

You can email me with any queries you have about the course, no matter how big or small.  If I don't know the answer, I will be able to find it from our senior examining team.  You can email me at TeachingCitizenship@pearson.com

Telephone

You can call me with your queries about this qualification at tel:(+44)344 463 2823 (Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm GMT)

 

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Book a Teams meeting appointment

You can now book a Teams meeting appointment with me to discuss your queries about this qualification.  You can book a time and date convenient for you up to two weeks in advance.  

Book an appointment

Citizenship Community group

You can now join our Citizenship community group, allowing you the opportunity to hear about new updates, resources and ask direct questions.  You can also discuss ideas with other teachers.  

Join Citizenship Studies community group

GCSE Citizenship Studies amends

As many of you know, the DfE released new content requirements for a range of subjects, including GCSE Citizenship Studies, to reflect the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Changes to our specification have now been approved by Ofqual and information about this can be found on the news items below.  This includes the revised specification, sample assessment materials and resources helping you to understand the changes. 

For more information

Young Citizens Magistrates' Court Mock trial competition

Young Citizens organises a Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition to help young people understand how the law affects their lives and gain an insight into the legal justice system.  This helps students understand the law, supports skills in explanation, critical analysis and building up evidenced arguments.  

Schools who enter are supported with resources, criminal cases and the opportunity to enter local and regional rounds.  

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