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INFORMATION AND UPDATES FOR TEO MEMBERS

(24/11/2020) Key Dates Calendar Tool updated – see details here

(24/11/2020) Summer 2021 Pearson International GCSE dates added to Exams Timetable Tool – see details here

(19/11/2020) Exams Timetable Tool updated for Summer 2021 – see details here

(12/11/2020) Key documents updated to support members in preparing for the release of the Autumn 2020 (October/November) exam series results and the administration of post-results services

(04/11/2020) The Exams Office – November 2020 member update sent to your inbox

See earlier information and updates for members here

Information and updates

(24/11/2020) WJEC update –  Qualifications Wales has announced the cancellation of January exams for GCSE ICT, GCSE English literature and GCSE Welsh Literature. January exams for the last resit opportunity for legacy GCSE qualifications will proceed as scheduled; there will also be January exams for all Entry Level Certificate, Level 1/2 Awards and Certificates, and Level 2 and 3 Health, Social Care and Childcare qualifications in Wales.

WJEC welcome Qualifications Wales announcement that Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) will go ahead as planned in 2021.

(19/11/2020) Ofqual publishes Official Statistics Entries and late entries for GCSE, AS and A level: 2019 to 2020 academic year and Vocational and other qualifications quarterly: July to September 2020

(18/11/2020) JCQ publishes Post-Results Services, GCE and GCSE November 2020 series and JCQ Appeals booklet – effective from November 2020

(17/11/2020) JCQ publishes news release June 2021 GCSE, GCE, AS and A-level timetables – an update following the consultation on the June 2021 JCQ provisional common timetable

(17/11/2020) Ofqual publishes Letter from Glenys Stacey to Gavin Williamson, 13 November 2020. The Chief Regulator writes to the Secretary of State about the flexibility of approaches for assessing vocational & technical qualifications

(16/11/2020) JCQ publishes Key Dates – June 2021 examination series These are the key dates for the main examination series of GCSE, GCE and Project qualifications which are common to all the JCQ awarding bodies

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JCQ

The latest news and information from JCQ includes the following:

Summer 2021 series

Key Dates – June 2021 examination series

Autumn 2020 series

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)

Summer 2020 series

Examination results

Latest News Releases include:

June 2021 GCSE, GCE, AS and A-level timetables (17/11/2020)


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Ofqual

Latest documents from Ofqual

Latest news includes:

(17/11/2020) Correspondence Letter from Glenys Stacey to Gavin Williamson, 13 November 2020 about the flexibility of approaches for assessing vocational & technical qualifications and details the work Ofqual is doing to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on other regulated qualifications beyond GCSEs, AS and A levels

Assessments in 2021

Consultation outcome Conditions and requirements for the assessment of MFL GCSEs in 2021 (05/11/

Arrangements for the assessment and awarding of Vocational and Technical Qualifications and Other General Qualifications in 2020/2021 Advice for teachers, trainers and tutors; learners, parents and carers; employers and professional bodies on vocational and technical qualifications, and other general qualifications (12/10/2020)

Decisions on arrangements for the assessment and awarding of vocational, technical and other general qualifications in 2020 to 2021 – Part 2 (12/10/2020)

Arrangements for the assessment and awarding of Vocational and Technical Qualifications and Other General Qualifications in 2020 to 2021 (11/08/2020)

Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021​ (03/08/2020)

Statement Exams and assessments in 2021 (03/08/2020)

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 12/10/2020)


The Ofqual Blog – view the latests blogs

DfE

Latest from the Department for Education

Latest from the DfE includes:

Guidance

Responsibility for autumn GCSE, AS and A level exam series (updated 29/09/2020) 

DfE exam support service: autumn exam fees, sites and invigilators (updated 29/09/2020)

Public health arrangements for autumn exams (updated 29/09/2020)


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


Education in the media blog – view the latest blogs

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CCEA (Northern Ireland)

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Department of Education(Northern Ireland)

Department of Education releases on COVID-19 (coronavirus) provides the latest information in relation to Covid-19 (coronavirus) and its impact on education services

BBC News

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