December 2021 Economics update

1 December 2021

This last update of the year should appear slimmer as many items have been moved to the delivery and assessment support pages for each of the four qualifications.  You can find out more about this support by opening the delivery or assessment support tab under each qualification below.

Also included are the dates when the autumn exam materials will be uploaded. Information on the 2022 exam series now includes some new information on contingency arrangements. The May/June 2022 timetables have now been confirmed and there is also an A level Economics B Paper 3 event being advertised for January.

I do hope that you will be able to enjoy a relaxing break over the Christmas holidays and look forward to working with you in the New Year.

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Autumn 2021 exam series

The exam materials will become available on the following dates:
 

  A level IAL International GCSE
Question papers uploaded 16 November 2021 16 November 2021 14 December 2021
Mark schemes uploaded 7 December 2021 7 December 2021 18 January 2022
Results Day 16 December 2021 13 January 2022 24 February 2022
Examiners' reports uploaded 21 December 2021 18 January 2022 1 March 2022

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.

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.

Contingency arrangements that are being put in place in the unlikely event that examinations cannot take place in May/June 2022.

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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Professional Development Academy

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2021 UCAS report 'Where next? – What influences the choices school leavers make?' - identified Economics degrees as particularly hard for many students to access because of a lack of information & opportunities and called for subject-specific outreach.

When

9th December 14.00-15.00

Who

This event is aimed at school Careers Advisors and Careers Leaders to help you gain more knowledge about the subject of Economics and the pathways from it in education and into employment. This is especially aimed at schools where you do not have an Economics teacher and so there is a gap in provision.

What

We know that if students do not study a subject at school nor take part in outreach activities associated with a subject then they are unlikely to select it as a degree and a career option.

Join this event to hear from guest speakers at University of East Anglia, Government Economic Service and Inspiring the Future.

Learn more so you can confidently guide your students and raise awareness of opportunities with Economics so we can increase diversity with those studying the subject at HE and becoming key policy makers in the future.

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

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 information on exams.

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources from Pearson
  • paid-for resources from Hodder
  • other paid-for resources

For help with:

  • recorded feedback training
  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics

2022 Exam Pack – Edexcel Economics A £99.00

  • All-new mock papers for 2022.
  • Written by Ian Marcouse, with Mark Schemes.
  • 2 sets of 3 2hr papers.
  • Instant download of full pack in PDF.
  • Available January 5th 2022.

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 timetable for the May/June 2022 exam series is:

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Entry deadline: 21 February 2022

Results Day: 18 August 2022

Ahead of the publication of the advance information, we have been working with JCQ awarding organisations to provide some further guidance to help teachers and students better understand the advance information (for example what will be covered and the level of variation to expect), to aid planning ahead of the release of advance information.

This guidance aims to give teachers and students an indication of the approach that will be taken to advance information and is now available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and Learning Materials' page for A level Economics.

This guidance does not replace the advance information itself which will be released by 7 February 2022 at the latest, unless the Department for Education (DfE) decides on an earlier release date. It should also be read alongside the JCQ advance information guidance which has already been published.


 

Econ B tree

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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 information on exams.

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources

For help with:

  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics

A-Z Training is running a face-to-face day with Ian Marcouse on the 2022 Paper 3 context on February 4th in Central London.

An online version runs on February 7th.

Ian will prepare Powerpoints, case studies and plenty of mock exam questions and mark schemes/answers based on the new task. All the materials will be on the complimentary memory stick – handed to those doing the full day course and posted to those taking it online.
 

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

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

2022 Prov TT
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Entry deadline: 21 February 2022

Results Day: 18 August 2022

Ahead of the publication of the advance information, we have been working with JCQ awarding organisations to provide some further guidance to help teachers and students better understand the advance information (for example what will be covered and the level of variation to expect), to aid planning ahead of the release of advance information.

This guidance aims to give teachers and students an indication of the approach that will be taken to advance information and is now available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and Learning Materials' page for A level Economics.

This guidance does not replace the advance information itself which will be released by 7 February 2022 at the latest, unless the Department for Education (DfE) decides on an earlier release date. It should also be read alongside the JCQ advance information guidance which has already been published.


 

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 exams.

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • IAL university recognition
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources  

For help with:

  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • exemplar answers
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics
     

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 timetable for the May/June 2022 exam series is:

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Entry deadline: TBC

Results Day: 18 August 2022


 

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 information on exams.

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources

For help with:

  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • exemplar answers
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics

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 timetable for the May/June 2022 exam series is:

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Entry deadline: TBC

Results Day: 25 August 2022

Ahead of the publication of the advance information, we have been working with JCQ awarding organisations to provide some further guidance to help teachers and students better understand the advance information (for example what will be covered and the level of variation to expect), to aid planning ahead of the release of advance information.

This guidance aims to give teachers and students an indication of the approach that will be taken to advance information and is now available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and Learning Materials' page for International GCSE Economics.

This guidance does not replace the advance information itself which will be released by 7 February 2022 at the latest, unless the Department for Education (DfE) decides on an earlier release date. It should also be read alongside the JCQ advance information guidance which has already been published.

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