Coronavirus Update: External Exam Cancellation
On Wednesday 18th March, the government announced that schools across the UK would close from Friday 20th March until further notice, and that this summer’s exams won’t go ahead.
The government has assured us that students will be awarded their qualifications to enable them to take their next steps with their education or careers. This means ensuring GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in.
The government has since announced more details of how grades will be awarded this summer:
The main points from the announcement are (please note this information is subject to change/update):
- Teachers will be asked to provide the exam boards with their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if the exams had not been cancelled. Teachers will take into account a range of data to make this judgement, including mock performance data and non-exam assessment. Clear guidance on how to do this fairly will be issued to schools in the near future.
- The exam boards will then combine the teacher judgements with other relevant data, including prior attainment, to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
- Students should receive these calculated grades by the end of July.
- There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to.
We know that this is a very unsettling time for our Year 11 and Year 13 students who were entered for external exams this summer. However, we would like to reassure your children that all students across the country will be in the same position and that there is no option but for the government to find the best possible solution to this situation. Of course, there are very serious public health reasons why the decision to cancel exams has been taken which we all very much appreciate.
Exam Boards and Specifications 2019 - 2020
Please use this link to access information about exam boards and specifications for all external exams for Year 11 - 13:
Non-Examined Assessment Information: