Assessment and Exam Updates 2021

Exams and Assessment 2021

Students who were due to sit exams this summer will receive grades determined by teachers, as part of proposals published today (Friday 15 January) to maximise fairness and help young people progress to the next stage of their education or training.

Following the cancellation of this year’s summer exams, the Department for Education and Ofqual launched a consultation seeking views on how to award grades in a way that reflects students’ performance accurately, recognising the disruption they have faced this year.

Grades will be based on teacher assessment, with teachers supported in making decisions with guidance and training from exam boards.

The consultation will consider the range of evidence teachers use to award a grade, which could include coursework, other forms of assessment and papers provided by exam boards, to support consistency and fairness across schools and colleges.

See more here. Further information will be published as it becomes available.

Parents and Carers Guide to Exams and Assessment in 2020

As you know the external competitive exams for Year 11 and 13 have been cancelled.

Students who were due to sit A level, AS level or GCSE exams this summer will receive a calculated grade. The calculated grade process will take into account a range of evidence including, for example, non-exam assessment and mock results, and the approach will be standardised between schools and colleges. There’s separate guidance from Ofqual on awarding GCSE, AS and A levels which includes the implications for non-exam assessment.

While we recognise how new and unsettling this is for our students, we recognise they are in the same situation as all other students nationally. We have written to them to explain how we will support them during the period of final assessment. Here is the advice that has been shared by all the key organisations involved in assessments.

Ofqual guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers
Ofqual letter to students
DfE FAQs on the cancellation of GCSE, AS- and A-level exams
AQA Coronavirus update
CCEA Coronavirus update
OCR Coronavirus update
Eduqas Coronavirus update
International Baccalaureate updates
Pearson Coronavirus update
WJEC Coronavirus update

We will respond to this advice and take part with professionalism and integrity. We have been asked to use our professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade we believe a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year. It is important that we take into account the full range of available evidence when we grade students - including non-exam assessment; the results of any homework assignments or mock exams; and any other records of student performance over the course of study.

It is important schools do not share provisional grades, nor rank orders, with students or parents and carers before final results have been issued. This is to protect the integrity of the teachers’ judgements, and to avoid teachers, Heads of Department or Heads of Centre feeling under pressure to submit a grade that is not supported by the evidence.

TES Guide to GCSE League Tables Posted July 2019

GCSE New Grading Scale - Factsheets Posted April 2018

Information on grading of the new GCSE Science Qualifications Posted March 2018

Secretary of State Letter 28 March 2017 - Grades 4 and 5 Posted March 2017

Progress 8 Explained - Video Posted October 2016

New GCSE Measures Explained Video Posted October 2016

Ofqual - Grading New GCSEs from 2017 Posted October 2016

Understanding GCSE Results 2016 Posted September 2016

Ofqual: GCSE, AS and A Level reforms in England Posted September 2016