The Exams Office (TEO) is supporting exams officers and their centres by providing a central point of reference on this page to:

  • links to relevant information and updates as these are published by key stakeholders on the arrangements for exams and assessments in 2020/2021
  • links to the latest updates from TEO
  • links to access individual key stakeholder websites and information

Over the coming months The Exams Office is also providing a regular video update summarising key information and updates from key stakeholders on the arrangements for exams and assessments in 2020/2021

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INFORMATION AND UPDATES FROM KEY STAKEHOLDERS

Latest* information and updates include:

(27/02/2021) AQA update (published 26 February) What it means: summer 2021 consultation decisions explained

(26/02/2021) OCR weekly roundup including How students will get their grades this summer, Fees invoicing update and Redeveloped Cambridge Nationals

(26/02/2021) OCR updates on Consultation decisions – How students taking GCSEs, AS and A Levels will get results this summer and How students taking Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals will get results in summer 2021

(26/02/2021) NCFE update – Qualifications which can be awarded through a Teacher Assessed Grade

(26/02/2021) Update for Cambridge schools on 2021 exams – 26 February 2021

(26/02/2021) Eduqas update – Ofqual consultation outcomes and response

→ See earlier updates  (20 March 2020-26 February 2021)

*Latest information and updates will not include any direct communications between key stakeholders and centres which are not in the public domain. Centres should always refer to direct communications and relevant email updates to confirm the latest processes/arrangements.

VIDEO UPDATES

VIDEO UPDATE 6 (1 March) – This includes the March Member Update

VIDEO UPDATE 5 (12 February)

The Exams Office

Latest information and updates from TEO includes:

(01/03/2021) Video Update 6 published

(01/03/2021) March Update published

(26/02/2021)  March articles – Grading and awarding in 2021 – Decisions on how GCSE, AS and A level grades will be determined and the awarding of VTQs and other general qualifications and Exams officer 2020 survey – summary and outcomes – and blog – ‘The importance of developing your skills – published

Latest information and updates for TEO members includes:

(01/03/2021) The Exams Office – March 2021 update sent to your inbox today

→ See earlier updates

JCQ

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Latest news and information from JCQ includes:

Summer 2021 series

Access arrangements and modified papers Notice to centres – SENCO’s and assessors, June 2021 examination series (29/01/2021)

Non-Examination Assessments Notice to Centres – Important information for senior leaders and teachers, June 2021 series (18/01/2021)

Release of results, June 2021 series

Key Dates – June 2021 examination series

Autumn 2020 series

Examination results

Post-Results Services, GCE and GCSE November 2020 series (18/11/2020)

Key dates in the examination cycle, 2020/2021 (June 2020 and November 2020 examination series) (12/08/2020)

Latest News Releases include:

(11/02/2021) JCQ update on summer 2021 candidate entries


JCQ E-Newsletters – see recent editions/subscribe here

See News Releases here

To register your interest in becoming an examiner visit http://examining.jcq.org.uk/

Ofqual

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See the latest documents from Ofqual

Open consultations launched on 25 February 2021 and closing at 11:45pm on 11 March 2021:


Collection GCSE, AS and A level qualifications in 2021 Publications relating to the awarding of GCSE, AS and A level qualifications in the academic year 2020 to 2021 (updated 25 February 2021) includes:

(25/02/2021Decisions on how GCSE, AS and A level grades will be determined in summer 2021

Collection Vocational, technical and other general qualifications in 2021 Publications relating to the awarding of vocational, technical and other general qualifications in the academic year 2020 to 2021 (updated 25 February 2021) includes:

(25/02/2021) Decisions on Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021


Regulation during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Extraordinary regulatory framework: General Qualifications, COVID-19 Conditions and Requirements – This document sets out our regulatory requirements for awarding organisations offering general qualifications during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (updated 16/10/2020)

Extraordinary regulatory framework: VTQ, Covid-19 Conditions and Requirements –This document sets out our regulatory requirements for awarding organisations offering vocational and technical qualifications during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (updated 4/12/2020)


The Ofqual Blog – view the latests blogs

DfE

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See the latest documents from the Department for Education


(25/02/2021) Correspondence – Direction issued to Ofqual

(25/02/2021) Press release Teacher assessed grades for students

(15/01/2021) Open consultations Consultation on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021 and Consultation on alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021 –  Consultation outcomes (25/02/2021)

Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) contingency framework for education and childcare settings (updated 07/01/2021)

School and college responsibility for exams from January 2021 (updated 09/02/2021) 

DfE exam support service: autumn exam fees, sites and invigilators (updated 09/02/2021)

Public health guidance to support exams from January 2021 (updated 09/02/2021)

Guidance to support the summer 2021 exams (03/12/2020) – GCSE, AS and A level exams will not go ahead as planned in 2021. Further information will be published once the consultation on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021 has concluded


Collection Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Collection Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19) What colleges and universities and other providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


Policy papers and consultations


Education in the media blog – view the latest blogs

CCEA (Northern Ireland)

Latest CCEA news

Summer 2021

BBC News

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