We’ve been working hard to do as much as we can to provide financial support to our assessment specialists, many of whom have been seriously impacted by the loss of income as a result of the cancellation of assessments this summer.
Where we’ve been able to offer furlough through the government’s scheme, we’ve done this. Where individuals’ previous earnings from assessment are low and furlough payments would be minimal, we’ve made ex-gratia payments outside of the furlough scheme.
We’ve also asked a number of assessment specialists to continue with tasks that are critical, either to the production of future assessments, or to provide guidance and support to teachers and centres. This has meant that they are not eligible for furlough, so we’ve ensured they are still supported by making up the difference between what they have earned from their assessment task and what they would have received had they been furloughed.
The Ofqual 'Consultation on an additional GCSE, AS and A Level exam series in autumn 2020' closed on 8 June. The key proposals were:
No precise timing is proposed but Ofqual envisages that AS and A Level exams will be in October and GCSE exams in November. The outcome of the consultation will have implications for the range and number of assessment opportunities available to assessment specialists. As more information about the autumn series becomes available, we’ll keep you informed.
We've also been looking at the provision of VTQ assessments in the autumn. We're working hard to finalise the details for each of our vocational qualifications and we’ll keep our assessment specialists updated.