December 2022 Economics update

Thu Dec 01 17:00:00 UTC 2022

Welcome to this December update!

In this month's update you can link to the exam times for the May/June 2023 exam series. There is also an invitation to consider becoming an examiner with us.

If you teach the Economics A, there is a link to sign up for a survey being conducted by Hodder about their resources for this qualification.  You will find the link in the Economics A section.

Below is the link inviting you to sign up to the January webinar in the Peter Jones Foundation webinar series called 'Igniting Enterprise'. (Creative destruction is included in the Economics B specification and the idea of business growth is in all specifications).

May I wish you a relaxing winter break when the time comes.

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Key dates

Date Activity
6 December 2022 IAL October 2022 exam series mark schemes released
16 December 2022 Closure of the Access To Scripts service (via Script Viewer) for the May/June 2022 exam series.
12 January 2023 Results day for IAL October 2022 exam series

2023 exam dates

Our May/June 2023 timetables have now been finalised and are available on our website.

Take a look at the final timetables

Go to the Economics exam times

Grading exams in 2023

This article from Ofqual confirms that in 2023 grading will return to pre-pandemic grading (2019).

Read the article

Read the statement from the DfE

The DfE has also confirmed that students taking GCSEs, AS and A levels will not be provided with advance information on the focus of exams next summer. In line with this, we will not be providing advance information for our International GCSEs in 2023.  

 

Examining with Pearson Edexcel

Whatever your reason for considering becoming an examiner for Pearson Edexcel, a role within a subject assessment team can help develop your subject knowledge to better prepare students for high stakes assessments, improve your own teaching and learning approaches in the classroom, and can give you a chance to network and collaborate with other Economics teachers. Over time, there are opportunities to progress into the role of team leader, where you can develop the key skills needed to manage a team.

Economics is a very popular subject in UK schools and colleges and we are looking to expand our assessment teams to meet a growing demand.  We would therefore welcome existing and newly trained teachers to apply to join Pearson Edexcel as an Assessment Associate (AA).

Key benefits of becoming an AA with Pearson Edexcel include

  • Professional Development – Becoming an examiner, team leader, or more senior role within a subject assessment team, will be the best subject specific training you can receive to help you progress up the career ladder within UK and International schools. Our senior examiners are all either subject leaders or part of the senior leadership in their schools.
  • Flexibility – as an examiner, standardisation, training and your assessment work will all be completed remotely, allowing you the flexibility to manage your time in a way that works for you.
  • Pay – examining for Pearson Edexcel pays not only for the work you complete but also for your time training and standardising. Over time, opportunities can expand to other paid roles relating to support and development of the subject more broadly, including paid resource development, network lead, professional development programmes and paid focus group work, all through our awarding organisation.

Please use the link below to complete an online application form, and start your journey to becoming an AA with us.

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A level Economics Spec A

 

 

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
  • building your own question papers (examWizard)
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries and statistics

 

Hodder Education is reviewing current Hodder A-Level Economics resources and is seeking your views on these and how they might develop in the future. An Amazon voucher is offered to those taking part in a telephone survey.

Sign up for the survey.

 

The Economics Factory now has digital versions of the Anforme A level Economics A books

Visit the Economics Factory
 


 

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A level Economics Spec B

 

 

For help with:

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

For help with:

  • recorded feedback training
  • building your own question papers (examWizard)
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries and statistics

 

The Economics Factory now has digital versions of the Anforme A level Economics B books

Visit the Economics Factory
 

1. New(ish) teachers: Marking, Exam standards and Revision

This brand-new course targets new teachers of A Level Business and Economics. There will be one session reflecting on lessons learnt from the Autumn Term, but the main focus is on the second half of the year. Ian has lots of A Level student answers that will be marked and analysed. One session will allow delegates to choose whether to focus on marking Business or Economics. Then what do A grade scripts look like? And how to get more of them? Plus practice with Ian Marcouse’s revision materials – which delegates will take away on their course memory stick. This course is ideal for NQTs or Teach First participants – or those who have recently switched to teaching Business or Economics.

London Hallam Street (near Oxford Circus) Friday January 13th 2023 or Online Jan 16th

 

2. Edexcel Business Pre-released task for 2023.

Ian has had a lot of experience researching, writing and analysing case material. Furthermore, he’s written more than 40 A Level exam papers and can see how the pre-released material relates to exam questions. He’ll 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 plan is simple: help your students to get better results and stop you getting side-tracked by the research required. The 2023 task is turned into a revision programme.

London Hallam Street (near Oxford Circus) January 20th 2023 and Online Jan 23rd 2023 or Memory stick only

 

3. Edexcel Economics Spec B Pre-released task for 2023.

Ian’s experience with Spec B goes back to the earliest meetings on the original Nuffield Project. Since then he’s had a lot of experience researching, writing and analysing cases in Economics and Business. He’s written more than 40 A Level exam papers and can therefore see how the pre-released material relates to exam questions. He’ll prepare Powerpoints, case studies and plenty of mock exam questions and mark schemes/answers based on the 2023 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 plan is simple: help your students to get better results and stop you getting side-tracked by the research required. The 2023 task is turned into a revision programme.

London Hallam Street (near Oxford Circus) January 27th 2023 and Online Jan 30th 2023 or Memory stick only

 

4. Three-Day Course For Teachers New To Business A Level

This course is a serious attempt to prepare teachers to deliver Business Studies for the first time. It includes direct instruction on how to teach elasticity, accounts & ratios, investment appraisal, ethics and many other key topics.

Plenty of exam questions and student answers are looked at to establish the right level – A Level.

Delegates receive a memory stick with a wealth of Ian Marcouse’s resources. Now in its 23rd year, it is used regularly by top-performing schools and colleges.

An unsolicited email from a recent delegate “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the last 3 days, I have learnt so much and look forward to taking everything I have learnt into the class room.” J. Hyland, Northgate School

June 26th – 28th 2023: Cavendish Conferences, Central London or Online (run over 5 days) or Mem stick only.

 

5. Three-Day Course for Teachers New to Economics

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. We divide delegates into 2 groups: boffins and beginners. Run by expert economics teachers including Ian Marcouse.

The 2022 Memory Stick contained 800MB of classroom materials. 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

July 3rd – 5th 2023: Cavendish Conferences, Central London or Online (run over 5 days) or Mem stick only.

 

How to book:

Email: marcouse@btopenworld.com. Price: £239 for the first, £159 for additional bookings on the same one-day course. Online courses are £169. The 3-Day courses are £399. Memory stick only is £119 for one-day course; £199 for 3-Day. All items VAT-free. Full BACS and company details are included on every invoice.


 

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IAL Economics

 

For help with:

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

For help with:

  • building your own question papers (examWizard)
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries and statistics

 

Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International A Level Economics

  • Module 1: 6 March
  • Module 2: 16 March

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.

Resource
Release date
Question papers Released
Mark schemes 6 December 2022
Results Day 12 January 2023
Examiners'reports   17 January 2023
2023 Jan TT

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International GCSE Economics

 

 

For help with:

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

For help with:

  • building your own question papers (examWizard)
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries and statistics

 

International GCSE Economics: Welcome to Pearson

  • Module 1: 6 February 2023
  • Module 2: 7 February 2023

This online training is designed for teachers who are new to delivering the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE Economics specification.

This training will give you an understanding of the content of the qualification and how to cover it, course/lesson planning, understanding the assessment and preparing students for it, and a brief overview of support from Pearson available to teachers.

Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International GCSE Economics

  • Module 1: 1 December
  • Module 2: 8 December

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.

This will be the last January International GCSE series.

IG TT Jan 2023

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We're introducing a regular International GCSE November series, first running in November 2023. This series is being introduced to best meet the needs of students requiring International GCSE exam opportunities outside of the full May/June series and it will replace the existing January series.

There will be no November series in 2022.

Please take a look at the timeline in the document below.

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