May 2021 Economics update

Fri May 07 16:00:00 UTC 2021

The next few weeks are likely to be dominated by the TAG process and the first section of this update headed Summer 2021 support tries to cover all the information you will need. The support links include a timeline with the key dates and there is information from the JCQ and Ofqual. Qualification specific information follows under the headings later in the update.

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Summer 2021 support

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JCQ Guidance

The Joint Council for Qualifications have released comprehensive guidance on the process for deriving grades this summer. This guidance, along with our support, will be an important document as centres work to determine grades for UK qualifications in summer 2021.  There are also some FAQs.

Find out more

Go to the JCQ FAQs

For our international qualifications, including International A Level and International GCSE, we have produced a comprehensive guidance document on the process for deriving grades this summer.

Go to the Pearson guidance for international centres (PDF 1.4MB)

At the end of April, Ofqual released an update about the quality assurance stages and what their requirements are.

Read the Ofqual announcement

Access 2021 training and support

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Support and guidance

Our Pearson Professional Development Academy is now live and will host detailed guidance and support in the form of video presentations, infographics and step-by-step guides to support you in determining fair grades for your students so they can progress on to their next stage.

This will include:

  • how to reach grading decisions
  • the creation of assessment materials
  • the quality assurance process and appeals
  • general support around timelines and submission systems.

Go to the Pearson Development Academy resources

In addition to this, subject support guides can now be found on the individual qualification pages. Full details and links can be found on our summer 2021 support page.

Go to the summer 2021 support page.

We’re also providing live and pre-recorded support and guidance events via our Professional Development Academy as well as running optional Q&A sessions which we will record and make available. These events are now live so please do sign up for these.

Sign up for training events

examWizard is a free online exam preparation tool which contains a bank of past Pearson Edexcel exam questions, mark schemes and examiners' reports for a range of GCSE, AS and A level subjects.

This service has now been updated to include exam papers for GCSE, AS and A level for the 2019 summer and autumn series and the 2020 autumn series.

You can create your own mock exams, topic tests, homework or revision activities in minutes, and it links directly to associated examiner reports and mark schemes. Free all year round, and can be accessed instantly using your Edexcel Online account. If you don’t have an Edexcel Online account, please speak to your exams officer.

Go to examWizard

The arrangements for awarding grades to students in summer 2021 include internal and external quality assurance measures which aim to ensure that on results day student are issued with fair and consistent grades that have been objectively reached. Sharing information with students about the evidence being used as part of a centre’s grade determination process is important and should help to avoid issues that may otherwise arise when results are issued.

Students will be able to appeal their grade. A student who is unhappy with their grade will first ask their centre to check whether an administrative or procedural error had been made. 

Where a centre does identify an error in the grade submitted to the exam board, it can submit a revised grade and a rationale for the board to consider. If the exam board is satisfied with the rationale, it will issue a revised grade. 

Where a centre does not believe an error had been made, a student can ask the centre to appeal to the exam board on their behalf. The centre will submit the student’s appeal to the exam board and provide the evidence on which its judgement had been made; the exam board will consider whether, in its view, the grade reflected a reasonable exercise of academic judgement – both in terms of the evidence selected, and the overall grade awarded.

If the exam board judges that it did not, the exam board will determine the grade that the evidence would support, or will refer the case back to the centre to take further action. The exam board will also check that the centre had followed its own process.

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.

Jun 2, 2021 09:00 AM

An introduction to Teaching Online.

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand some of the challenges of teaching online,
  • Explore and understand how to overcome of these challenges,
  • How to develop student/teacher relationships in an online environment.

Register here

Three-Day Course for Teachers New to Economics

This course is designed 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, financial and development economics. Delegates are divided into 2 groups: boffins and beginners.The course is run by Ian Marcouse with a complimentary memory stick including powerpoints and materials.

The course is perfect for: teachers switching from other subjects (Business, and perhaps Geography or P.E.); new graduates; PGCE or Teach Firsters who need to understand the level required for high grades; and Economics teachers who would like the time to reflect and develop (and get more/better resources)

July 5 – 7 2021: Cavendish Conferences, 44 Hallam Street, London W1 (near Oxford Circus tube)

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS ALSO AN ONLINE VERSION OF THIS COURSE. This gives live sessions that are recorded, so you can access them again (free) at any time over the coming 12 months.

Find out more

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

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

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.

The aim is to make sure students receive grades to progress to the next stage of their education.

We have provided detailed guidance to ensure this happens. This includes:

  • Additional Assessment Materials
  • guidance material on marking exemplification
  • information on the quality assurance process and appeals
  • general support around timelines and submission systems

The A level Economics A Summer 2021 support page includes links to the summer 2021 assessment materials and the overview document which has all the information in one place.

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These materials are available in the subject pages under ‘Summer 2021 assessment materials for centres’.

The additional assessment materials have been drawn from past paper content, from both published and unpublished material. A reminder of what this means below:

  • ‘Published’ those materials publicly available on the Pearson website and
  • ‘Unpublished ’those materials still under padlock to our centres (mainly papers from 2019/2020). 
Question paper coverage is such that it allows us to draw upon our past paper content, without the need to supplement with new content.
 
The Additional Assessment Materials, are content organised to allow teachers the freedom to select and assess the content that they have taught their students. This should mean that teachers will have a flexible approach to assessing their students.

In order to use the organised content, teachers have been provided with a mapping grid that includes details on where this content has been drawn from, as well as information like which assessment objectives the question meets.

As suggested by the Secretary of State a proportion of this content will be drawn from unpublished materials (namely 2019/2020 papers).

The mark schemes for these questions will also be provided to teachers.
 
The use of additional assessment materials in assessing your students is optional. As stated in the Ofqual Consultation outcome 'It would therefore be potentially unfair to enforce compulsory use of these materials'.


 

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 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.

The aim is to make sure students receive grades to progress to the next stage of their education.

We have provided detailed guidance to ensure this happens. This includes:

Additional Assessment Materials
guidance material on marking exemplification
information on the quality assurance process and appeals
general support around timelines and submission systems

The A level Economics B Summer 2021 support page includes links to the summer 2021 assessment materials and the overview document which has all the information in one place.

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These materials are available in the subject pages under ‘Summer 2021 assessment materials for centres’.

The additional assessment materials have been drawn from past paper content, from both published and unpublished material. A reminder of what this means below:

‘Published’ those materials publicly available on the Pearson website and
‘Unpublished ’those materials still under padlock to our centres (mainly papers from 2019/2020).

Question paper coverage is such that it allows us to draw upon our past paper content, without the need to supplement with new content.

The Additional Assessment Materials, are content organised to allow teachers the freedom to select and assess the content that they have taught their students. This should mean that teachers will have a flexible approach to assessing their students.

In order to use the organised content, teachers have been provided with a mapping grid that includes details on where this content has been drawn from, as well as information like which assessment objectives the question meets.

As suggested by the Secretary of State a proportion of this content will be drawn from unpublished materials (namely 2019/2020 papers).

The mark schemes for these questions will also be provided to teachers.

The use of additional assessment materials in assessing your students is optional. As stated in the Ofqual Consultation outcome 'It would therefore be potentially unfair to enforce compulsory use of these materials'.


 

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.

This training session goes through the processes and guidance that centres taking International qualifications need to be aware of for May/June 2021.

This includes up-to-date information and guidance on:

  • Grading
  • Quality Assurance
  • Appeals
  • Further support available for centres

Please note: This session focuses on the series as a whole and the International GCSE and A Level suites. We do not look in-depth at arrangements for particular subjects.

One of the forms of evidence available is the optional use of unseen test materials. These test materials can be used in two ways: As unseen materials presented to students in a controlled situation, in a specified timeframe, for them to respond to, or after the specified timeframe, in the knowledge that they may be familiar to students, used as one part of the evidence that supports the teacher grade.

The unseen assessment window has started and is open until 14 May.

Assessments must be used according to the schedule that is available on our website and in line with the approach that is outlined in your centre policy. If you are planning on adapting the assessments this can only be done after the scheduled day the assessment is due to be sat.

If a candidate cannot sit the assessment then please mark them as absent when you return the scripts to us.

Mark schemes will be available from 17 May 2021. Our Principal Examiners may refine the mark schemes and final published mark schemes will be released on 4 June. It is acceptable to use the mark schemes released on 17 May to mark assessments.

The International AS/A level October exam series will go ahead as planned.

IAL Econ Oct 2021 TT
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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.


 

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 the 2021 summer exam series.

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

This training session goes through the processes and guidance that centres taking International qualifications need to be aware of for May/June 2021.

This includes up-to-date information and guidance on:

  • Grading
  • Quality Assurance
  • Appeals
  • Further support available for centres

Please note: This session focuses on the series as a whole and the International GCSE and A Level suites. We do not look in-depth at arrangements for particular subjects.

One of the forms of evidence available is the optional use of unseen test materials. These test materials can be used in two ways: As unseen materials presented to students in a controlled situation, in a specified timeframe, for them to respond to, or after the specified timeframe, in the knowledge that they may be familiar to students, used as one part of the evidence that supports the teacher grade.

The unseen assessment window has started and is open until 14 May.

Assessments must be used according to the schedule that is available on our website and in line with the approach that is outlined in your centre policy. If you are planning on adapting the assessments this can only be done after the scheduled day the assessment is due to be sat.

If a candidate cannot sit the assessment then please mark them as absent when you return the scripts to us.

Mark schemes will be available from 17 May 2021. Our Principal Examiners may refine the mark schemes and final published mark schemes will be released on 4 June. It is acceptable to use the mark schemes released on 17 May to mark assessments.

IG Econ Summer 2021 TT UCAS
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To support the use of these unseen materials, we'll be offering an optional marking service where our expert examiners will mark your students’ responses. We'll mark the test materials and return a mark to you for your consideration when deriving the student grade. We'll provide you with support to understand how the mark aligns with performance descriptors so that you can be confident in your understanding of the mark. This will be an optional service and if you'd prefer to mark the materials yourself, we'll be providing mark schemes and training materials so that you can do so with confidence.

If you wish to use the optional marking service, please ensure you complete the following steps in Edexcel Online:

1. Select GCSE or International A Level from the qualification drop down as required
2. Select ‘International Optional Marking Service’ from the menu
3. Select 'June 2021' and press the ‘Next’ button
4. You will be able to see all subjects for that qualification in the list and your current entries - you can then tick the subjects you require marking or select all if applicable and click submit at the bottom of the page.

We can confirm that the above needs to be completed by 26 April 2021.

We would also like to confirm that use of the marking service is included within the qualification entry fees confirmed in January.

Subject advisor

Colin Leith

Business and Economics
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