Economics

Subject update | 8 June 2022

June 2022 Economics update

Welcome to the June update!

This update includes the dates when exam materials from this summer series will be uploaded, as well as the timetables for October and January (IAL and International GCSE).  There is also a suggestion as to how you might build mock papers for Year 12 learners taking GCE Economics A.

In this month's update

Regular features

 
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May/June 2022 exam series

5 July 2022: Question papers

26 July 2022: Mark schemes

23 August 2022: A level/IAL Examiners' reports

30 August 2022: GCSE/International GCSE Examiners' reports

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

 

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

With the exam season under way we know this is the first high-stake exam series for so many students and that may be a little overwhelming for some. We’ve put together a Getting ready for exams guide with some top tips and advice including:
- preparing for exams
- what happens on exam day
- where to find further support
- and what happens once exams are over.

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We also have information and links on our students, parents and carers web page, so do share this link with you students.

Plus, if you have haven't seen it already, The Wellbeing Zone has free resources to support teachers, student and families with mental health and wellbeing all year round. Link to wellbeing zone.

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 (including IAS and IAL)
  • Thursday 25 August for GCSE and International GCSE results.

 

 

Training and professional development

JS200 BTEC Int RHBs x 4

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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 which runs 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

Econ A squirrel

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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

The 2022 question papers will be uploaded to the website on 5 July.

This may be too late if you are planning mocks for your Year 12 learners in June.

There are two options:

1. You could use examWizard to build your own paper from a mix of past questions.

2. You could adapt IAL Economics, Unit 1 and Unit 2 papers.  The content of the IAL Economics qualification is very close to the GCE specification so the questions are likely to be relevant.  The assessment design is slightly different but you could adapt the questions to make them consistent with the command verbs used at GCE.

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 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
     
2022 Oct TT

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2023 Jan TT

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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.

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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