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1 Religious Studies Examining changes to the format of the questions and how they meet the Assessment Objectives GCSE Delivering the new specification in September 2009 Unit 10

2 Aim of Event During the course of the presentation delegates will: understand the assessment implications of the new specification be taken through the impact of the changes to the new specification have the opportunity to explore delivery strategies applicable to the new specification. learn about the total package and how it will help you achieve better results

3 The assessment implications of the new specification The specification which can be examined for the first time in 2010 has new assessment objectives. GCSE RS now has to assess 50% of AO1 and 50% of AO2. This means: AO1 = Describe, explain and analyse using knowledge and understanding AO2 = Use evidence and reasoned argument to express and evaluate personal responses, informed insights and differing viewpoints

4 Which questions are aimed at the different assessment objectives? Look at the layout of the new questions AO1 – Will be assessed in the a) and c) questions AO2 – Will be assessed in the b and d) questions

5 SECTION 2 – COMMUNITY AND TRADITION You must answer ONE question from this section. EITHER 3 (a) What is the papacy? (2) (b) Should all priests be celibate? Give two reasons for your point of view.(4) *(c) Explain why apostolic succession is important for Roman Catholics.(8) (d) Everyone should follow the teachings of the Church. In your answer you should refer to Roman Catholic Christianity. (i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion.(3) (ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you.(3) (Total for Question 3 = 20 marks) OR 4 (a) Who are the laity?(2) (b) Do you think the Magisterium is important? Give two reasons for your point of view.(4) *(c) Explain why the Virgin Mary is important for Roman Catholics.(8) (d) The Church does not need bishops. In your answer you should refer to Roman Catholic Christianity. (i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion.(3) (ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you.(3) (Total for Question 4 = 20 marks)

6 Changes to the ways marks are awarded in the mark scheme a) Questions ( no change from the old specification) These questions are based on the Keywords Glossary which is Appendix 4 in the specification ( Pages ) Usually they take one of two forms Either asking for a definition of the word OR asking for an example of the word 2 marks are available. 1 mark is awarded for a partially correct answer and 2 for a fully correct answer

7 b) Questions (changed from the old specification) These questions now assess AO2 not AO1 so they are asking for evaluation of issues, beliefs and teachings The b questions ask candidates to provide 2 reasons for their own point of view This view can be two reasons agreeing with the statement, two reasons disagreeing with the statement or if the candidate states they are unsure they can give two opposing reasons. Candidates must ensure that they indicate that their personal view and to gain maximum marks they must explain two reasons for holding this view

8 b) Marking 1 mark awarded for a personal response with a brief reason 2 marks awarded for EITHER a personal response with two brief reasons OR a personal response with one developed reason 3 marks awarded for a personal response with two reasons one of which is developed 4 marks awarded for a personal response with two developed reasons

9 c) Questions - mostly unchanged from the old specification The format of these questions as far as students are concerned is, on the whole, unchanged, however the way that marks are awarded has changed. Marks will be awarded singly i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (rather than in pairs 2,4,6,8) In this sub-question marks will be awarded for Quality of Written Communication (QWC) This means students must try to answer the c) questions in clear English spelling words correctly, using sentences and paragraphs and making use of specialist vocabulary

10 c) Levels and marking In c sub-questions the level will be awarded according to the Religious Studies content, the mark within the level will then be decided by the QWC The levels are essentially Level 1 – Little understanding of the issue Level 2 - Basic understanding of the issue Level 3 – A more developed understanding of the issue Level 4 – A clear understanding of the issue

11 d) Questions some minor changes These sub-questions start with a stimulus quote which is intended to be controversial and elicit arguments in favour and against the point of view stated in the quote, it does not matter which view the candidate holds about the quote. The sub-questions are now out of 6 marks, not 4–which reflects the increased weighting on AO2 The d) sub-question is now divided to help candidates focus on the stimulus. For each stimulus candidates are asked i) Do you agree give reasons for your answer ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you

12 d) Marking In d questions each sub-question will be marked completely separately. Each part (i and ii) will have 3 marks and will be marked 1 mark = a simple reason 2 marks = a developed reason OR two simple reasons 3 marks = a fully developed reason OR two developed reasons OR three simple reasons

13 Religious Studies Part 2

14 Roman Catholic Christianity Unit 10 5RS10 Reviewing the New Specification

15 Summary of the main changes: Section 1 Beliefs and values Imported from old Section 5. Topic about Religious Communities and how they show love of God and others. Also some changes in the Key Words – here and in other parts of the course.

16 Section 2 Community and Tradition New specific topic: The meaning of Protestant beliefs about the authority of the Church and their importance for Protestant Christians

17 Section 3 Worship and Celebration Imported from old Section 5 Why Roman Catholic churches have certain features

18 Section 4 Living the Christian Life Imported from old Section 5 The meaning of vocation and why it is important for Christians How and why Christians show vocation in daily life and work How and why some Christians show vocation by taking holy orders

19 Section 4 Living the Christian Life continued New topics: How and Why some Christians are involved in working for social and community cohesion How one Roman Catholic organisation helps to relieve poverty and/or suffering in the UK The reasons why the organisation does this work (Christians teachings on charity and the relief of suffering) Note: No specific topic on the monastic life No specific reference to two exemplary Christians

20 A more detailed look at the new material: How Religious Communities express their love of God and others Protestants and the authority of the Church Social and Community Cohesion One Roman Catholic organisation working to relieve poverty in the UK Why it does its work

21 How Religious Communities express their love for God and others Religious Communities are men and women who have professed the evangelical counsels (poverty chastity and obedience). Expressing love for God through a life of prayer and worship (such as the Carmelites and other contemplative orders). Expressing love for others through a life of service (such as the Salesians or the Missionaries of Charity and other active orders)

22 Protestants and the authority of the Church Divisions in the Church – the Reformation What Protestants are Importance of the Bible as sole source of authority for Protestants Rejection of the interpretation of You are Peter... Church understood as informal gathering of believers Problems of disunity. Does it matter?

23 Social and Community Cohesion Potentially wide-ranging, but focus on: Jesus teaching about outcasts Christian response to that teaching, especially the Social teaching of the Catholic Church Problems created by divisions based on gender, race, religion, orientation etc Value of multiculturalism

24 One Roman Catholic organisation working to relieve poverty in the UK Importance that it is RC and in the UK Best example probably the St Vincent de Paul Society, but others can be chosen Focus on the work that it does – found on their website The SVP has branches in schools and young people are involved as volunteers – explore that Part b) and d) questions could focus on whether it is more important to work in the UK or abroad, or whether it is really possible to make a difference

25 Why the organisation does its work Teachings and action of Jesus Focus on Christian teaching about charity and relieving suffering Catholic social teaching is important Part b) and d) questions could focus on whether it can be argued that those who are poor bring it on themselves, or whether Christians should focus on their families rather than people they dont know.

26 Whats gone? The Monastic Life – certainly should not now be taught in detail. BUT note the topic of loving God and others in Section 1 and the continued existence of related key words in Section 4: active life, contemplative life, monastic life, evangelical counsels Exemplary Christians – there wont be any specific questions on this theme. But the example of others can be used by candidates, perhaps to develop answers about the importance of vocation

27 Now, just to give you a break from listening...

28 How many marks would you give this answer? The b questions ask candidates to provide 2 reasons for their own point of view. Maximum 4 marks. e.g. Should all priests be celibate? Give two reasons for your point of view. I think they should as Jesus was celibate and priests follow his example. When celebrating Mass, for example, the priest is supposed to represent Jesus, and so should be celibate like Jesus Also It allows priests to be completely devoted to God.

29 Religious Studies Part 3

30 a)Questions Usually they take one of two forms: Either asking for a definition of the word OR asking for an example of the word 1 mark is awarded for a partially correct answer 2 marks are awarded for a fully correct answer e.g. What is monotheism Maximum marks will be awarded for a glossary definition or one where all the parts of the answer are given

31 The keyword glossary definition is: Belief in one God Similar answers which would gain 2 marks could be: Believing there is only one God Partially correct answers which would gain 1 mark are: Belief in God

32 b) Questions (changed from the old specification) These questions now assess AO2 not AO1 so they are asking for evaluation of issues, beliefs and teachings The b questions ask candidates to provide 2 reasons for their own point of view e.g. Should all priests be celibate? Give two reasons for your point of view.

33 1 mark would be awarded for: a personal response with a brief reason I think they should as Jesus was celibate and priests follow his example

34 2 marks awarded for: EITHER a personal response with two brief reasons I think they should as Jesus was celibate and priests follow his example. It allows priests to be completely devoted to God OR a personal response with one developed reason I think they should as Jesus was celibate and priests follow his example. When celebrating Mass, for example, the priest is supposed to represent Jesus, and so should be celibate like Jesus

35 3 marks awarded for a personal response with two reasons one of which is developed I think they should as Jesus was celibate and priests follow his example. When celebrating Mass, for example, the priest is supposed to represent Jesus, and so should be celibate like Jesus Also It allows priests to be completely devoted to God.

36 4 marks awarded for a personal response with two developed reasons I think they should because Jesus was celibate and priests follow his example. When celebrating Mass, for example, the priest is supposed to represent Jesus, and so should be celibate like Jesus. Also, it allows priests to be completely devoted to God. If they are celibate they can be available to serve Gods people at any time of the day or night.

37 c) Questions (mainly unchanged from the old specification) The format of these questions as far as students are concerned is unchanged, however the way that marks are awarded has changed. Marks will be awarded singly i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (rather than in pairs 2,4,6,8) In this sub-question marks will be awarded for Quality of Written Communication (QWC) This means students must try to answer the c) questions in clear English spelling words correctly, using sentences and paragraphs and making use of specialist vocabulary

38 e.g. Explain why the Virgin Mary is important for Roman Catholics Level 1 – little understanding of the issue shown Caflicks like the virgen coz she is jesus mum This would get Level 1 because it is one brief reason and because the spelling is not good it would get 1 out the 2 available marks

39 Level 2 – basic understanding of the issue shown Caflicks like the virgen coz she is Jesus mum and caflicks fink jesus is god so she is gods mum This would get Level 2 because it is one developed reason which means it can be given either 3 or 4 marks because the spelling and punctuation is not good it would get 3 rather than 4 marks

40 Level 3 – A more developed understanding of the issue Catholics think that the Virgin Mary is important because she is the mother of Jesus. She also lived a good Christian life that Catholics can imitate. Mary accepted everything that God asked her to do. This would get Level 3 because it is three brief reasons which means it can be given either 5 or 6 marks because the spelling and punctuation is good it would get 6 rather than 5 marks

41 Level 4 – A clear understanding of the issue Catholics think that the Virgin Mary is important because she is the mother of Jesus. She also lived a good Christian life that Catholics can imitate Mary accepted everything that God asked her to do. For example she agreed to be Jesus mother even though she knew that would affect many aspects of her life, such as her relationship with Joseph. This would get Level 4 because it is three reasons with one explained which means it can be given either 7 or 8 marks because the spelling and punctuation is good it would get 8 rather than 7 marks

42 d) Marking In d questions each sub-question will be marked completely separately. Each part (i and ii) will have 3 marks e.g. You cannot serve both God and money In your answer you should refer to one Roman Catholic Christianity i)Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you I think you can serve God and money as you can give money to charity, which is serving God 1 mark = a simple reason

43 I think you can serve God and money as you can give money to charity, which is serving God. If you make a lot of money for example you can use it to support the work of CAFOD which helps to serve Gods children in developing countries 2 marks = This answer takes a basic reason and develops it into a developed reason which gets 2 marks

44 Many people make money in order to serve God by giving it to charity. In any case, just because someone is rich, they can still go to church and worship God The Catholic Church is rich, but it still serves God 3 marks = This answer clearly gives three simple reasons so is awarded 3 marks For ii) Candidates must give an alternative view to this one

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46 What are we doing to help you? GCSE Specification & Accessible Assessment Stay alert e-Spec ResultsPlus Ask the Expert Curriculum Development Managers Dedicated lines Regional Offices Ask Edexcel Training from Edexcel Support for Controlled Assessment Published Resources eg Activity Guide

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