Following the announcement that exams this summer are cancelled, our regulator Ofqual and the DfE have today launched consultations on the alternative arrangements to be put in place to ensure students receive grades this year. There are two 14 day consultations which ask for feedback on proposals for GCSEs, AS and A Levels and for vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs).
Here’s our quick summary of the main proposals for:
GCSEs, AS and A Levels
VTQs and other general qualifications
For all qualifications, there is a proposed appeals route for students to challenge their grades and it is proposed that for all students, including those who are studying independently or who are home educated, will get a grade.
We are actively engaging with the DfE and Ofqual on the alternative arrangements to be put in place this summer and will be submitting our own response to today’s consultations. The consultations close on 29 January 2021 and we encourage teachers, students and parents to give feedback on the GCSE/A Level and VTQ proposals.
Over the coming weeks and months, we are committed to supporting you so you have clarity on proposals and decisions. We will keep you fully informed about what this means for you via regular bulletins on our website, weekly email updates and social media. We’ll be running CPD and events for teachers and for exams officers. As always, our Customer Support Centre is here to support you, so please contact us on 01223 553998 or email us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Above all, our top priority is to support you and your students and ensure no student is disadvantaged by the cancellation of exams this summer.