Ofqual and the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed in September that GCSE, AS and A Level exams in England will largely return to pre-pandemic arrangements next summer. On 30 November they released the outcomes of several summer 2023 consultations.
Ofqual confirmed that in summer 2023, students do not need to memorise formulae for GCSE mathematics and equations for GCSE physics and combined science. We will therefore be publishing formulae and equation sheets and we’ll let schools and colleges know when these are available in the new year.
Ofqual has also published the outcome of its joint consultation with the DfE on proposals to build resilience in the exam system for GCSE, AS, A Level, Project and AEA qualifications. As agreed for summer 2022, if exams do not go ahead in England, the DfE and Ofqual have confirmed that:
Ofqual has published new guidance for all schools and colleges in the unlikely event exams cannot go ahead as planned in summer 2023. The guidance explains how to collect evidence from students in advance of any decision to cancel exams. It was developed with a view to “minimising additional burden on schools, colleges and students” and “allowing schools and colleges to use existing assessment practices to gather evidence to support resilience in the exam system”.
Information on how TAGs would be determined in summer 2023 will only be published if exams cannot go ahead. Teachers must not attempt to determine TAGs unless exams are cancelled.
For a summary of the consultation outcome and changes to the original proposals, please see our policy update.
For Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals and other vocational qualifications that are most similar to GCSEs, AS and A Levels, we will work with Ofqual to make sure appropriate arrangements are in place if required.
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