January 2023 Economics update

6 January 2023

Happy New Year and welcome to this January update!

In this month's update the section on the 2023 exam series gives you the dates and includes an invitation to consider becoming an examiner with us.

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

If you teach Economics B, there are a number of training events that may be of interest.

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).

I hope that the start of term goes well.

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PJF Jan 2023

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Key dates

Date Activity
12 January 2023 Results day for IAL October 2022 exam series
21 February 2023 Entry deadline for UK centres
21 March 2023 Entry deadline for International centres
17 August 2023 Results Day for A level and IAL
24 August 2023 Results Day for International GCSE

 

 

The 2023 exam series

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

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.

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.  

 

 

 

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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

 

Pearson's publishing team are asking Economics teachers for their thoughts on the current Pearson Edexcel GCE Economics textbook from 2015. To have your say, you can fill in a quick survey following the link below:

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

 

This online training is designed for teachers who are new to delivering the International Advanced level Economics specification.

Module 1 focuses on teaching the course and 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.

Module 2 will give you an understanding of how the content is assessed by reviewing the assessment objectives and mark schemes, practise applying the mark schemes using exemplar student work, as well as an understanding of how marks were determined.

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

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

Both modules will:

- Discuss strategies for teaching the IAL Economics course by networking and discussing best practice and sharing ideas with other teachers

- Review the support Pearson offers for the qualification

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: 8 February
  • Module 2: 9 February

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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