May 2022 Economics update

3 May 2022

Welcome to the May update!

The Joint Council for Qualifications has released important information about special considerations in May/June 2022 which you may wish to read below.

There is also a reminder about the 2022 Be The Future Enterprise Challenge, news of a new migrant entrepreneur exhibition, and, information on the future of assessment.  

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May/June 2022 exam series

JCQ have released updated Special Considerations Guidance to cover COVID-19 for Summer 2022. The guidance has been created in line with the latest UKHSA guidance. Candidates should be encouraged to attend examinations as much as possible and where it is safe to do so in line with Government guidelines.

However, if a candidate is staying at home and avoiding contact with others in line with UKHSA guidance at the time of the examination, the candidtae would be considered to be absent from the examination for an acceptable reason and would be eligible for special consideration. This includes candidates who are displaying the symptoms described in the UKHSA guidance as advising them to stay at home (e.g. a high temperature for those aged 18 and under) as well as those with a positive COVID-19 test result. Where a candidate still wishes to attend an examination, despite having symptoms (e.g. a high temperature) or a positive COVID-19 test, the centre should encourage the candidate to follow the UKHSA’s guidance.

The JCQ awarding bodies will be adapting Form 14 - JCQ/ME - Self-certification for candidates who have missed an examination to assist centres in dealing with candidates who are absent from an examination for an acceptable reason in line with the UKHSA guidance. Centres will expect parents, carers and candidates to complete the relevant sections of the form. Centres can verify the candidate’s circumstances, where provided in Form 14, to process an application for special consideration using the category ‘absent candidate’. There is no requirement for a candidate to complete a COVID-19 test to provide evidence of their absence from an examination.

JCQ will be releasing a further set of FAQs but examples can be found on pages 20-21 of the guide.

Go to the JCQ guide

Go to Form 14

 

The Advance Information is now available for:

  • AS and A level Economics A
  • A level Economics B
  • International GCSE Economics.

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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.  

Our website is up-to-date with FAQs on advance information.

The JCQ Advance Information page has published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for both Students and Exam Centres, as well as Guidance for Students.

Do take a look at the advance information revision support packages we’ve created that will help you and your students in the run up to the summer 2022 assessments. These include topic-based tests for some subjects, or tools to create your own, and free teachers access to Pearson Revise ActiveBooks* for use in class, available until 28 June 2022.

All your advance information revision support, including your free front-of-class Revision ActiveBooks, can be accessed through the subject interactive PDFs on our website.

This page provides information and support to you and your students as you prepare for the summer 2022 assessments.  

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.

Results days will be one week apart as usual:

  • Thursday 18 August for AS and A level results
  • Thursday 25 August for GCSE and International GCSE results.

 

 

 

Be The Future - deadline 10 June

BTF 2022

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The 2022 Be The Future challenge is to create a social enterprise idea that addresses a social or environmental issue, such as poverty, climate change or inequality. Learners are encouraged to submit ideas for a social enterprise that could work to resolve these issues.

Submissions will be categorised by learners' Key Stage.

The deadline has been extended in case you wanted to link Be The Future to World Environment Day (5 June).

Go to the 2022 Be The Future page

 

Training and professional development

JS200 BTEC Int RHBs x 4

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We are always looking to recruit examiners across our qualifications. This is an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable insight into assessment and to work with other examiners to get some fresh teaching and learning ideas and approaches for your subject. More information about our vacancies, the application criteria and which subjects are currently recruiting can be found on our assessment associates web page.

You’re not alone. Many teachers have been asking about our plans and thousands of students took our onscreen GCSE mocks last year.

We believe in creating assessments that encourage progress, enable access and inclusion, and enrich learning. This has driven our use of onscreen assessment in over 115 countries for more than a decade and how we approach what’s next.

Our focus: where and how we can use technology to positively impact assessments and students’ lives.

Find out more about onscreen assessment.
 

4 – 6  July 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

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.

 

 

Taking care of Business - Migrant entrepreneurs and the making of modern Britain

 

Migrant museum

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Taking Care of Business is a new immersive exhibition at the Migration Museum opening on 9 April 2022 and running to 5 March 2023.

Entrepreneurship has always been at the heart of the immigrant experience. Migrant entrepreneurs have influenced the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and many other aspects of our lives. This exhibition tells some of their stories.

The museum is based in Lewisham Shopping Centre, London SE13 7HB and welcomes educational visits (appropriate for A level Economics B Topic 1.2 and A level Economics A Topics 2.1 and 3.5).

Find out more about the exhibition

 

 

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 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 5 January 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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Results day: 18 August 2022

This Advance Information for the May/June 2022 exam series is now available below.

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The guidance below aims to give teachers and learners an indication of the approach taken to advance information and is available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and learning materials' page for A level Economics A.


 

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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

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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Results day: 18 August 2022

This Advance Information for the May/June 2022 exam series is now available below.

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The guidance below aims to give teachers and learners an indication of the approach taken to advance information and is available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and learning materials' page for A level Economics B.


 

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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
     

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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Results day: 18 August 2022


 

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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, learners have been told in advance the topic areas what will be included on the exam papers, helping them to manage their exam preparation. (Please see Advance Information below).

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

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Results day: 25 August 2022

This Advance Information for the May/June 2022 exam series is now available below.

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This guidance below aims to give teachers and learners an indication of the approach taken to advance information and is available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and learning materials' page for International GCSE Economics.

We know that many of you will still want to offer International GCSE exams between May/June 2022 and May/June 2023 and we will therefore continue to run the January series in 2023.

This will be the last January International GCSE series.

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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