The DfE has today announced a package of ‘exceptional measures’ designed to make exams and assessments for students sitting them next year ‘as fair as possible’ and ‘manage the disruption caused by COVID-19’.
In October, the DfE confirmed that GCSE, AS and A Level exams would go ahead next summer with a delayed timetable to help make up for lost learning time. The measures announced today follow discussions with exam boards, the regulator Ofqual and key stakeholders. While some measures will apply only to GCSE, AS and A Level exams, the DfE also referenced the adaptations being made to vocational and technical qualifications to ensure parity.
Here’s our quick summary of the five key measures announced today by the Secretary of State:
Further details on contingencies and adaptations to exams will be provided in the New Year. As well as the measures we’ve summarised, the DfE announced that test and exam results will not be included on performance tables this year and that full, graded Ofsted inspections will not start till the summer term.
We know you will need more information about what all the measures that have been announced today mean for you and your students. We will provide regular updates with the latest information to keep you fully up to speed.