August 2021 Economics update

Thu Aug 05 16:00:00 UTC 2021

The main topic in this August update is information around results days and appeals.

10 August 2021 - Results Day for A levels and IALs

12 August 2021 - Results Day for GCSE and International GCSE

There is some other information on support for teaching including the relaunch of Economics Today, and the last part of the update has news relating to specific qualifications. Here you will find news of the October and November exam series with entry deadlines and final timetables.

The entry deadline for the IAL October series is 29 August 2021.

The entry deadline for the A level October series is 8 September 2021.

The GCSE and International GCSE exams are in November and the entry deadline is 4 October 2021.

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Summer 2021 support

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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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Training and Professional Development

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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.

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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

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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

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.

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Our Economics Qualifications

 

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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.

Description

This online event is designed for teachers who are thinking of switching to Pearson Edexcel. It is also suitable for newly qualified teachers starting to teach the AS and A level Economics A 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.

For those unable to attend this session it is also available as a pre-record.

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
9EC0-21O1/02

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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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.

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 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 the 2021 summer exam series, student book answers and university recognition of IALs.

26 August 2021 at 08:00 - 09:00 Pearson Edexcel International GCSE and International A Level: Welcome to Pearson (Module 3)

In Module 3, delegates will:

- Look in more detail at the free support available on the website

- Learn about personal support

- Such as subject advisor/credible specialists/training

- Investigate ResultsPlus, Exam Wizard and other assessment support (where available)

- Understand Access to Scripts and post-results support

- Look at the published resources for students and teachers available from Pearson

Please note: a recording of the event will be sent to attendees only. This training can count as 1 hour of CPD.

Pearson Event Code: WTPM3-21IO1/04

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19 October 2021 at 08:00 - 10:00 Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Level Economics: 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

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

Pearson Event Code; YEC11-21IO2/02

Register here

26 October 2021 at 08:00 - 10:00 Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International A Level Economics (Module 1)

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

Register here

28 October 2021 at 08:00 - 10:00 Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International A Level Economics (Module 2)

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

Register here

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 is 29 August 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.

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.


 

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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 the 2021 summer exam series.

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

26 August 2021 at 08:00 - 09:00 Pearson Edexcel International GCSE and International A Level: Welcome to Pearson (Module 3)

In Module 3, delegates will:

- Look in more detail at the free support available on the website

- Learn about personal support

- Such as subject advisor/credible specialists/training

- Investigate ResultsPlus, Exam Wizard and other assessment support (where available)

- Understand Access to Scripts and post-results support

- Look at the published resources for students and teachers available from Pearson

Please note: a recording of the event will be sent to attendees only. This training can count as 1 hour of CPD.

Pearson Event Code: WTPM3-21IO1/04

Register now

25 October 2021 at 08:00 - 10:00 Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International GCSE Economics (Module 1)

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 GCSE 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 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, focusing in this module on AO1 and A02, considering how questions in these areas 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.

- 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

Pearson Event Code
4EC1-21IO4/01

Register now

26 October 2021 at 08:00 - 10:00 Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International GCSE Economics (Module 2)

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 GCSE 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:

- Revisit the assessment objectives discussed in detail in module 1 of this course.

- Investigate different assessment objectives, focusing in this module on AO3 and AO4, considering how questions in these areas 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

Pearson Event Code
4EC1-21IO5/01

Register now

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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