This is an informal and friendly course where teachers who are new to teaching Pearson/Edexcel A Level Economics can discuss and plug their knowledge gaps or their pedagogy inexperience. I aim to create a safe space where teachers can identify their areas of weakness and solution to them. For HOD’s it will provided an opportunity to understand the issues teachers new to the economics classroom face and ways to support them. The course will provide practice steps that can be used immediately in the classroom and an opportunity to network with other teachers.

The course will identify the depth teachers need to go into for theories and how to apply them to a number of different topic areas.  Emphasis will also be on the key assessment criteria – application, analysis and evaluations.


Attendees will:

  • Fully understand the complexities of the Pearson A Level Economics specification
  • Take away approaches to teaching the key theories to support your students
  • In depth study to include elasticity, exchange rates, comparative advantage, Average revenue and marginal revenue theory
  • Gain understanding from an examiner on the depth required of specific topics
  • Take away approaches to ensuring students understand the assessment criteria
  • Take away ways to integrate the assessment criteria into your teaching
  • Examine how to maximise student success in exams to attain A/A* grades
  • Find out more about how to support students in attaining grades at the higher level
COURSE DATES & LOCATION Online | Tuesday 12 October 2021
  • Teachers new to teaching Pearson/Edexcel Economics
  • NQT economics graduates, who would like support in developing classroom technique
  • HOD in supporting above teachers identifying areas of difficulties and solutions
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice, and guidance
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

10:00am – 11:15am: The Content of Pearson/Edexcel A Level Economics

This session focuses on

  • The four themes – overview
  • Introduction to markets and market failure
  • The UK economy – performance and policies
  • Business behaviour and the labour market
  • A global perspective
  • Tackling Paper 1 – Markets and business behaviour – introduction to the paper – multiple choice, data analysis and essay writing. Discussion of the importance of both the understanding of and application of elasticities, market failure, government failure and market structures.
  • Tackling Paper 2 – the national and global economy -– introduction to the paper – multiple choice, data analysis and essay writing. Discussion of the importance of understanding the application of Government policy, globalisation and development in student’s answers.
  • Paper 3 – Macroeconomics and macroeconomics – introduction to synoptic areas of the course, which are tested in this exam paper.

11:15am – 11:30am: Morning Break

11:30am  – 12:30pm: Tackling the Challenging Areas in ( Paper 1 and Paper 2 )  Markets and Business Behaviour and the national and global economy

  • Teaching strategies to support your students in understanding elasticities effects such as taxation, exchange rates and terms of trade.
  • Market structures. Working through costs and revenues curves and the impact this has for market structures. Confirming the standard,  and suggested classroom approaches to develop student understanding, maintain progress and achieve in assessment questions.
  • Crucial advice on demand side and supply side policies. How to ensure students do well in their exam questions on these topics
  • Globalisation- tackling the difficult areas such as terms of trade, exchange rate manipulation, PPP. Opportunity to discuss these key knowledge areas and how it supports development answers which is fundamental to this examination.

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm – 2:30pm: The Assessment Criteria

  • The assessment criteria, an in-depth understanding
  • How to interpret the assessment criteria in your teaching
  • Examples, feedback, discussion of written student responses – A/A* grades and C grades and how teachers can support students in raising their grades from Grade c to Grade A/A*
  • Some tips for supporting the brightest of your students

2:30pm– 3.30pm: Teaching Paper 3: Micro economics and macro economics

  • Teaching approaches and strategies to support your students in applying their knowledge
  • how macro ad micro elements of the course connect
  • supporting students answers in this synoptic exam.
  • how market failure links with demand management policy, governments failure links with supply side policy and elasticities affect development to name a few
  • Applying mapped theories to past exam essay and data questions from paper 3

 3:30pm – 3.45pm: Tackling the Examinations

  • How to approach teaching A level exam skills with confidence
  • Marking and assessment strategies: supporting students to access the highest grades
  • Approaches, techniques and methods for structures for top essays, and how to support students on this
  • Multi-choice exams – practical approaches and methods for student success
  • Exam technique and tactics

3.45 / 4.00pm: Depart

Helen Gordon

Helen Gordon is a senior examiner and lead economics teacher, with over twelve years experience teaching with one of the ‘outstanding’ leading sixth forms in the UK. She has been commissioned to write many resources for business and economics. Helen has experience of supporting a range of teachers inside the economics classroom. She has over 15 years experience in developing teaching and learning strategies and coaching others to improve their pedagogy and student outcomes. For the past decade Helen has worked with a number of Universities supporting student and new teachers in developing their pedagogy and classroom practise. She is friendly and enthusiastic and is keen to share experiences and find solutions.