Last week, we shared the basics about the DfE’s package of five measures for students taking exams in 2021. The DfE measures are primarily focused on GCSEs, AS and A Levels. We know you’re very busy, so we’ve pulled together some more detail on the measures in case you’ve missed anything. This includes Ofqual’s consultation on advance information and support materials’ announced yesterday. Take a look:
'Generous' grading in summer 21 aligned to national outcomes in summer 2020
Ofqual’s Chief Regulator to the Secretary of State confirmed that:
Advance notice of topic areas in GCSEs, AS and A Levels to focus revision and exam aids – such as formula sheets – provided in some exams to build confidence
The DfE and Ofqual have both stated that:
On 10 December, Ofqual launched a new consultation on ‘advance information and support materials’ for GCSE, AS and A Levels in summer 2021. This will run until Sunday 20 December. There’s a video and PowerPoint to help you. Among the proposals for advance notice, the consultation states:
The consultation proposes that for exam aids (or ‘support materials’):
A contingency exam series shortly after the main summer exams giving students a second chance to sit a paper if they missed the exam series due to illness or self isolation. A ‘validated teacher informed assessment’ if a student misses all opportunities to take a paper.
A new expert group to look at differential learning loss and monitor variation in the impact of the pandemic across the country.
Michelle North, Head of Assessment Standards, said: “We’re working hard to identify the best package of advance information and exam aids to support you and your students. We’re trying to find the right solution for each subject and working with other exam boards to make this as consistent as possible. You can be reassured that all our advance notice material will be freely available on our website so teachers and students, including private candidates can find the information they need.”