July 2023 Religious Studies subject update

30 June 2023

Welcome to your Pearson Edexcel Religious Studies July 2023 subject update!

Hello colleagues,

All GCSE, International GCSE and A level Religious Studies exams have now been sat by students.  From everyone in the Pearson Edexcel Religious Studies team, we wanted to say a massive 'Thank you' for all of the hard work that goes into preparing your students for these exams!  We know the amount of effort and dedication involved and we hope you have a fantastic summer break when it arrives!

Within this subject update, I've included a few useful documents to help you navigate your way around our resources along with some useful information and dates for our post-results services.  If you need anything over the summer period, please do get in touch.  

Best wishes, 
 
Susan Currey

Religious Studies Subject Advisor 

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If you have any questions, then please do contact me:

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Thank you!

We know how much hard work and dedication that teachers, tutors and home-educators put into supporting students; from the teaching of the course, the preparation, marking and lead up to exams themselves. 

On behalf of everyone within the Pearson Edexcel Religious Studies team, 'Thank You'.  

We hope you have a fantastic, restful break when the summer holidays finally arrive!

GCSE Support Resources

We have collated links to all free support materials available on the Pearson Edexcel website, to help you deliver GCSE Religious Studies, Specifications A and B.  

Each includes key contact information, ways to stay up-to-date with news and key resources to support your teaching. 

Each document will be continually updated as we add more support resources.  

GCSE Specification A  

Spec A resources document

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GCSE Specification B

Spec B resources document

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Summer 2023 assessment materials: Release dates

Below is a list of the key dates when our 2023 assessment materials will be available.  You will need your Edexcel Online login to access these materials for a period of 12 months following the exam series.

Question papers

GCSEs

International GCSEs

AS/A levels

Tuesday 4th July 2023
Mark Schemes

GCSEs

International GCSEs

AS/A levels

Tuesday 18th July 2023

Level 3

Examiner reports

AS/A levels Tuesday 22nd August

Level 2

Examiner reports

GCSEs

International GCSEs

Tuesday 29th August

Post-results service: Access to Scripts

What is it?

Access to Scripts is an online service, included as part of your qualification fees, that allows you to view your candidates’ marked scripts online or download as a PDF.  The Access to Scripts service provides a rich source of information.  It enables detailed analysis to inform teaching and learning and support students, giving insights and visibility that performance data alone cannot provide.

Scripts do not have examiner annotation on them. The marked script allows teachers to evaluate how the student performed on particular questions in relation to what they have been taught; the Principal Examiner's report and the exemplars that we make available demonstrate how the mark scheme is applied.

When can I access this service?

From results days until 15th December 2023, you will be able to view and download scripts (which have been marked online) free of charge using our Access to Scripts service.

How can I access this service?

Access to scripts service

The Portal can only be accessed by Edexcel Online users who have the Exam Viewer profile ticked on Edexcel Online. Exams officers give teachers access to Exam Viewer.

Candidate consent 

Candidate consent is required before requesting script copies, as per section 4.2 of the JCQ's Post-results services guide. Candidate consent can only be obtained after results have been published.

JCQ post results services guide

What if scripts were not marked online?

If scripts have been marked ‘traditionally’ (i.e. not online), you will need to request them, free of charge, by 15xth December 2023, via the Post Results section of Edexcel Online as in previous exam series.

Post-results service: ResultsPlus

ResultsPlus is a free online results analysis tool for teachers that gives you a detailed breakdown of your students’ performance in Pearson Edexcel exams. It provides the most detailed analysis available of your students’ performance and helps you to identify topics and skills where your students could benefit from further learning, helping them gain a deeper understanding of their subject.

It includes a range of features, including analysis on the performance of different classes within your own cohort, comparing these to similar schools and the national picture and drilling down and comparing students of different abilities on a question by question level.  

You can access this using your Edexcel Online login details.  

Access ResultsPlus

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'Exams spelled out' videos

#examsspelledout is a series of short videos that help to explain the assessment process and shine a light on what goes on behind the scenes to make exams happen and ensure that students get their results.

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These videos address questions asked by students about the process of exams and include questions such as:

  • Who writes my exam paper?’
  • How do you make sure papers are clear and easy to understand?
  • What do you do to make exam papers more diverse and different kinds of students are represented?
  • Where does my exam paper go when it leaves my school?
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I have included three examples of videos here but the link to the full playlist can be accessed below:

Access these videos

Teaching and Learning resources: Educational recording agency

The Educational recording agency supports the education sector by making it easy for schools, colleges and universities to use TV and radio content for educational purposes.

The ERA Licence provides a single point of clearance for all rights necessary for educational establishments at all levels of education to create and use resources obtained from broadcast materials whether on television or radio.  Almost all educational establishments in the UK are covered by the ERA Licence.

They have a range of TV and radio clips available for use in the classroom and these are organised by subject.  There are some fantastic clips available which link to many areas of our qualifications.  

Access RE resources on ERA website

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