We know that you need more information about Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals in 2020/2021. We are working with our regulator Ofqual to confirm how assessments may change and also liaising with the Department for Education about what this means for performance tables. Thank you for your patience while we move ahead with our plans designed to support you and your students to help make up lost teaching and learning time.
On 7 September, Ofqual published the outcomes from its first consultation on VTQ arrangements for 2020/21. This confirmed that:
Ofqual has now also launched a second consultation which will cover statutory guidance for awarding organisations on adaptations and special considerations. It will also look at how the ERF, alongside the Extended ERF, will cover assessments in autumn 2020. We expect the outcomes from this second consultation in early October. Meanwhile, we will be submitting our latest plans for adaptions to assessments to Ofqual next week. We may review these after the second consultation.
There is still some way to go before you have the clarity that you need. We will keep you updated with any news. We continue to recommend that you deliver the content that you had already planned to deliver in autumn 2020. It also makes sense to ensure you cover the mandatory units in your teaching first. Our assessments will take place at the usual times - our November series will be available for Cambridge Nationals moderated units as usual, with an entry deadline of 4 October, and exams for Cambridge Nationals and for Cambridge Technicals are scheduled for January 2021. On-demand moderated units will be available for Cambridge Technicals this autumn too. Take a look at our subject information update for a reminder of these details.