Latest News from Ofqual (03 April 2020)
Further update on 2020 exams (26 March 2020)
How GCSEs, AS & A Levels will be awarded Summer 2020
Letter to Students - Summer 2020 Grading
Statement on Vocational and Technical qualifications in 2020 (25 March 2020)
Update following announcement on exams and grades (20 March 2020)
“We welcome the further information and clarity the Department for Education has outlined today to award students a calculated grade for their GCSEs, AS and A levels this summer, and to provide an exam option for those that wish it as soon as is reasonably possible after schools reopen.
We are working tirelessly to support students affected by these unprecedented and difficult circumstances and to develop, quickly, a fair and consistent process. We know that schools and colleges urgently need to know what they will need to do, and when.
Work is already underway with exam boards and teachers’ representatives to develop our proposals and we will provide more detail in the coming days…”
JCQ response to the Department of Education’s Statement (20 March 2020)
Coronavirus and Summer 2020 exams (updated 02 April 2020)
Latest Update (03 April 2020)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (27/03/2020)
Coronavirus Update (updated 26/02/2020
Latest Update COVID-19 UK (03 April 2020)
FAQs - COVID-19 Update (03 April 2020)
BTEC Assessment Updates (23/03/2020)
“The government announcement means all timetabled BTEC assessments in May and June are cancelled. For our Level 3 BTEC vocational qualifications, we feel confident we can award grades for students finishing this academic year by working closely with teachers to collate completed student grades, taking into account student progress on assignments and coursework to date and by sampling and verifying student work.…”
Update from Pearson regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak (20/03/2020)
United Kingdom COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update (updated: 20/03/2020)
Arrangements for Awarding - Summer 2020 (03 April 2020)
Issuing Grades for qualifications summer 2020 (updated 20/03/2020)
Cancellation of summer examinations 2020 - England (19/03/2020)
London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF)
Statement from the Managing Director of Financial Capability & Community Outreach (20/03)2020)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update (26/03/2020)
RSL Awards (Rock School)
Examination Update: COVID-19 (27/03/2020)
Training Qualifications UK (TQUK)
Coronavirus Statement from TQUK (13/03/2020)
Design, Engineer, Construct Summer exams (20/03/2020)
“Following the Government’s announcement on Wednesday that all exams are cancelled for May & June, Training Qualifications UK can confirm that that the Design, Engineer, Construct exams that were due to be sat on May 11th will no longer take place.
Schools and Centres should continue to work with students to produce portfolios for the Design, Engineer, Construct course. We expect portfolios will play an important role for grade assignment with the 2019/2020 cohort.
We will be in-touch in the coming days with regards to how we will further proceed following this announcement.”
University Arts London (UAL))
UAL Awarding Body - Covid-19 response and guidance (27 March 2020)
Latest News from the Department of Education
(22/03/2020) COVID 19: Guidance on vulnerable children and young people
Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A Levels in 2020 Published 20 March 2020
“… 4. Will all students get their predicted grade?
No, we know that simply using predicted grades would not be fair to all students. The calculated grade will take into account teachers’ assessment of the likely grade as well as other factors such as prior attainment, so students’ final grades will not necessarily reflect their predicted grades…”
Further details on exams and grade announced (20 March 2020)
“The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer, following our actions to slow the spread of coronavirus.
This means ensuring GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.
To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in…..”