The Department for Education (DfE) today announced that GCSE, AS and A Level exams will go ahead next summer but will start three weeks later, to support students and teachers. The government is committed to exams going ahead as the ‘fairest and most accurate way to measure a pupil’s attainment’.
The key points about exams in summer 2021 announced today are:
To support the DfE’s announcement, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) issued a statement on working collaboratively to support students and teachers and to meet the timescales for next summer’s exams. The JCQ will shortly be publishing a consultation on the summer 2021 exam timetable.
We know that students and teachers will also be concerned about assessments for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals in summer 2021. We plan to align our exam timetable and results days for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals with the dates that have been set out for GCSEs and A Levels. We’ll be in touch with the final details of the summer 2021 exam timetable for our VTQs shortly.