November 2021 Economics update

1 November 2021

This update reports back on the DfE/Ofqual consultation outcomes as they relate to Economics with news of advance information and grading.

You will also find the May/June 2022 provisional exam timetables and the upload dates for the autumn exam series question papers and mark schemes.

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May/June 2022 exam series

The Department for Education and Ofqual have now released their consultation outcomes on the proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A Levels in 2022.

 

Advance information

This will apply to

  • AS and A level Economics A,
  • A level Economics B,
  • International GCSE Economics  

The purpose of advance information is to support students’ revision, and it is intended to give information in advance about the focus of the content of the summer 2022 exams. We have also made the decision to make advance information available for our international GCSEs in Business, Commerce and Economics, in line with the approach taken for UK GCSE qualifications. advance information does not apply to International Advanced Levels in Business and Economics which have a modular assessment structure.

The advance information will be released no later than 7 February 2022 but could be earlier, depending on any change in the severity of the pandemic.

Our website is up-to-date with FAQs on advance information.

The JCQ document aims to give teachers a further view of what advance information is and is not, and to answer key questions.

 

Grading

Ofqual has also published its position on grading (grade boundaries) for the May/June 2022 exam series.

 

Training and Professional Development

JS200 BTEC Int RHBs x 4

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Pete and Gavin's podcast fits in quite nicely with what's going on in Glasgow at the COP26. The duo dive into the life of EF Schumacher and his book 'Small is Beautiful' going through ideas which touch upon development economics and the role huge industry has to play (or not play according to Schumacher) within that.  

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.

July 4th – 6th 2022

Cavendish Conferences, Central London or Online (run over 5 days)

Run by expert economics teachers including Ian Marcouse, this course is a serious attempt to prepare teachers to deliver Economics for the first time. It includes direct instruction on 8 ‘toolkit’ topics such as market failure, AD/AS analysis, monetary and development economics.

The course is perfect for:
• Business teachers starting to teach Economics for the first time (or first time in ages)
• Teachers switching from other subjects (in recent years, from French, from Geography and from P.E.!)
• Fresh graduates, PGCE or Teach Firsters who need to understand the exact right level for high grades

Delegates are divided into 2 groups: boffins and beginners.  

The 3 day course is £399 including lunches and all refreshments and a memory stick packed with resources.

To register, please email: marcouse@btopenworld.com

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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.

Support for teachers

results plus

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ResultsPlus is an online results analysis tool that gives you a detailed breakdown of your students’ performance in Pearson Edexcel exams.

ResultsPlus provides detailed analysis of your learners' performance and will help you to identify potential topics, skills and types of questions where students may need to develop their learning further. Whilst there hasn’t been a typical examination series for a while, you may find it helpful to understand how your students’ performance compares with class and Pearson Edexcel national averages and to gather some insight data that may support effective teaching and learning approaches. Find out more about ResultsPlus.

Many centres will be focused on delivering mock exams this term and using those mock exam results to inform intervention and revision. The ResultsPlus Mock analysis service can help you get the most from that data.  

exam wizard

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Our examWizard tool is an online resource containing a huge bank of past paper questions and support materials to help you create your own mock exams and assessments. It is available for a range of GCSE, International GCSE, A level subjects, BTEC and Functional Skills.

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

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

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Economics Today

Economics Today magazine has been relaunched with the mission to help students see Economics everywhere, applying, broadening and deepening A-level theory in a wide range of current contexts.

Access to a back catalogue of the past 10 volumes is available as part of the default subscription, offering a teaching resource that covers all parts of the specification.

Also delivered as part of the default subscription is a new book, The UK Economy Today 2022 edition by Andrew Threadgould and Nick Fyfe, which brings completely up-to-date the book they previously wrote for Anforme.

The range of Anforme's popular Economics books are now, like Economics Today, supplied through Economics Factory. Full details of all resources can be found at www.economicsfactory.com

Visit the Economics Factory

Our Economics Qualifications

 

Econ A squirrels

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A level Economics Spec A

Please open the support tab below for links to delivery and assessment support,  as well as to the Facebook Group and the Subject Community.

Question papers uploaded 16 November 2021
Mark schemes uploaded 7 December 2021
Results Day 16 December 2021
Examiners' reports uploaded 21 December 2021

The Exam Question Finder Tool allows you to find questions from the 2016-2019 exam series allowing you to filter by paper, topic, marks, question number and year. The document links directly to the case study in each case.

The Additional Assessment Materials were produced last summer but are catalogued by Theme and sub topic.

The provisional  timetable for the May/June 2022 exam series is:

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Entry deadline: 21 February 2022

Results Day: 18 August 2022


 

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A level Economics Spec B

Please open the support tab below for links to delivery and assessment support, as well as to the Facebook Group.

Find out about support for both delivery and assessment as well as a group to meet colleagues teaching the same specification.

Question papers uploaded 16 November 2021
Mark schemes uploaded 7 December 2021
Results Day 16 December 2021
Examiners' reports uploaded 21 December 2021

The Additional Assessment Materials were produced last summer but are catalogued by Theme and sub topic.

The provisional timetable for the May/June 2022 exam series is:

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Entry deadline: 21 February 2022

Results Day: 18 August 2022


 

IAL Economics

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IAL Economics

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

You will also find information on training, exams, student book answers and university recognition of IALs.

Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International A Level Economics

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 Pearson Edexcel International A Level Economics 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 given an understanding of the assessment objectives.

- Analyse recent question papers and learn which types of question match the different assessment objectives.

- Consider how the level based questions are marked, using mark schemes and sample student responses.

- Discuss strategies for teaching the IA economics course by networking and discussing best practice and sharing ideas with other teachers.

- Review the support Pearson offers for the qualification.

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
Pearson Event Code
YEC11-21IO4/01

Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International A Level Economics

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 Pearson Edexcel International A Level Economics 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 given an understanding of the structure of the course and assessment and an overview of the assessment objectives.

- Consider how the points-based questions are marked, using mark schemes and sample student responses.

- Discuss strategies for teaching the IA economics course by networking and discussing best practice and sharing ideas with other teachers.

- Review the support Pearson offers for the qualification.

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
Pearson Event Code
YEC11-21IO5/01

Question papers uploaded 16 November 2021
Mark schemes uploaded 7 December 2021
Results Day 13 January 2022
Examiners' reports uploaded 18 January 2022

Results Day is 3 March 2022.

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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.

The provisional timetable for the May/June 2022 exam series is:

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Entry deadline: TBC

Results Day: 18 August 2022

If you bought copies of the textbooks for this qualification the answers to the questions set in the textbooks are available.

We have secured IAL recognition from over 30 new global universities and admissions bodies.

New countries added to the list include Belarus, Israel and Turkey and we increased the recognition in popular European destinations Italy, Netherlands, Germany and Spain.


 

IG Econ

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International GCSE Economics

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 training and exams.

Find out about support for both delivery and assessment as well as how to contact other teachers.

IG Econ Nov 2021
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Question papers uploaded 14 December 2021
Mark schemes uploaded 18 January 2022
Results Day 24 February 2022
Examiners' reports uploaded 1 March 2022

To make exams in 2022 less daunting, students will be told in advance some of the topic areas what will be included on the exam papers, helping them to manage their exam preparation. This information will be issued in the spring term to help students to focus their revision time. If we are able to release these earlier then we will ensure that this is communicated to you in advance.

The provisional timetable for the May/June 2022 exam series is:

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Entry deadline: TBC

Results Day: 25 August 2022

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