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Update about Examinations - Tuesday 24 March

We hope that you will have had a chance to read and digest the announcement made on Friday when the government announced the cancellation of this year’s summer exam series in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The government has outlined the following information:

  • Ofqual and the exam boards are establishing a framework to ensure 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.

We believe this is largely good news and is probably the best we could all have hoped for in the circumstances. 

The detail of how this will work, including the process for submitting provisional grades to the exam boards and the opportunity to sit an exam at the 'earliest reasonable opportunity', will, we believe, become clearer as this week progresses.

It is clear that we will need to take an evidence-based approach in arriving at a grade for each student in each subject, but please be assured that we want the best outcomes possible for all of our students. Once the detailed guidance is published, we hope and expect that it will take into account academic progress over the whole course. This is a process that we expect to continue as we move into a remote curriculum delivery mode.

For vocational courses (BTECs etc.) we will be working with the awarding bodies to understand the implications for our courses. We will advise students as soon as we know more. 

We are therefore urging all students to fully engage with online learning and to continue to produce work of their best ability when submitting for assessment – this will all go towards your final grade.

Click here to read the full government guidance.

We will, of course, continue to provide further updates as the detail becomes clear.

In the meantime, please keep safe and well and follow the government’s latest advice on hygiene and social distancing

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