The Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual have launched a consultation for the summer 2021 exam series for GCSEs, AS and A-levels.
This follows on from the Secretary of State’s announcement last week that exams won’t go ahead as normal this summer – and that the Government will work with Ofqual and exam boards on alternative arrangements.
Here are some of the proposals:
In terms of timing, the DfE and Ofqual are proposing that:
The DfE and Ofqual say that students should be given time to complete their non-exam assessments (NEA), as this will contribute to the evidence teachers use to determine their grades. They are proposing that the exam boards should give guidance on adjustments that could be made to the way non-exam assessments are completed, to account for current circumstances.
The DfE and Ofqual have also launched a consultation to look at which Vocational, Technical, and other Qualifications will need alternative arrangements and how those arrangements should work.
While the final arrangements for the summer are still to be confirmed, it’s important for schools and colleges to continue to make entries on our system as usual, so students can receive grades from us. The deadline for entries is Sunday 21 February.
As we’ve said previously, we want to make sure that students who are studying for AQA qualifications receive the grades they deserve. To help make this happen, we’ll be responding to the consultation ourselves and working closely with government and regulators over the coming months.