The outcome of the joint DfE/Ofqual consultation on changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A Levels exams in summer 2022 has been published today. The consultation decisions ‘are designed to mitigate the impacts of the disruption that students have faced during the pandemic without undermining the value of their qualifications and their ability to progress successfully to further study’.
Alongside changes to assessments covering adaptations and advance information, today’s announcements also include the approach to grading of exams and the timing of results days next summer. While these announcements cover GCSE, AS and A Level, we’d like to remind you that we confirmed our 2021/22 adaptations for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals on 14 September.
Ofqual and DfE have also announced a short consultation on contingency plans in the event that exams do not go ahead next summer.
We know you’re busy so we’ve summarised the package of measures for summer 2022 exams announced today:
Please see our update which provides the adaptations and non-exam assessment and fieldwork arrangements for GCSEs, AS and A Levels in summer 2022 by subject in one place.
The changes to assessments published today and listed above apply to summer 2022. It is the intention that exams in 2023 will go ahead as normal.
Ofqual has today confirmed the approach to grading for summer 2022. The approach is intended to get back to the pre-pandemic standard but not in one jump. 2022 will therefore be a ‘transition year’ that recognises disruption and provides a safety net for students who might otherwise just miss out on a higher grade. Results overall will be higher than in 2019, but not as high as in 2020.The aim is for 2022 to ‘reflect a midway point between 2021 and 2019’ with the ‘aim to return to results that are in line with those in pre-pandemic years’ in 2023.
For students taking exams in autumn 2021 to improve their teacher assessed grades from summer 2021 or who had planned to enter in summer 21 but were unable to obtain a grade, grading will be aligned to summer 2021. This is the same approach taken in autumn 2020.
To support your planning, summer 2022 results days will be in two weeks in August, as in previous exam years. For summer 2022, these will be:
The DfE and Ofqual also launched a short consultation today about contingencies if GCSE, AS and A Level exams do not go ahead as planned next summer. The proposed contingency for 2022 is a TAGs process similar to that used in 2021. We encourage you to participate in the consultation which closes on 13 October 2021 at 11.45pm. We expect that, if needed, contingency arrangements for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals would follow a similar teacher assessed grade approach as proposed for GCSEs and A Levels.
Thank you for your patience this term. We hope this information gives you the clarity you need to plan ahead.
We’re committed to supporting you and your students every step of the way this year. We will provide subject specific support, including webinars, videos and online Q&A sessions, to make sure you and your students are prepared for exams next summer.
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