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“We are rapidly working up plans to implement the arrangements the Secretary of State for Education has set out for exams this summer and, with exam boards and teaching bodies, are making considerable progress.

Students understandably want reassurance, and teachers urgently need to know what to do, and when. We expect to publish detailed information about the process and timetable which will apply this summer next week. This will include the steps we would like teachers to follow and more detailed guidance on how to consider the full range of evidence they will have available when submitting their assessment grades. We are talking to teaching representatives to make sure that what we are planning is manageable and appropriate, so that students, parents, carers and teachers can have confidence in the approach.

We will outline by Easter the process we will follow to make sure grades are fair across schools and colleges, as well as our proposals for appeals. We will also say more as soon as possible about the arrangements for additional exams in the new academic year.

We want to reassure students waiting for news that we are doing everything we can to make sure they are not disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances.”


Exam system contingency plan: England, Wales and Northern Ireland (last updated 02/03/2020)


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Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students (last updated 01/04/2020) including:



Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020 Published 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…”

“…We will not go ahead with primary school assessments or secondary exams this summer, and we will not be publishing performance tables.

We will work with the sector and Ofqual to ensure children get the qualifications they need…”

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(30/03/2020) April monthly update: Message to our Members Grade awarding – summer 2020

(24/03/2020) The Exams Office – Coronavirus update emailed to members

(23/03/2020) Update 1 statement issued

(20/03/2020) As a good practice way of keeping students (and parents/carers) informed of information coming out about the arrangements for exams and grades – set up a new page/area on your centre website – include links to all relevant information that is currently available from the DfE, Ofqual, JCQ and the awarding bodies your centre works with. Copy and paste useful links from this updates page. Include any specific arrangements your centre has or will have in place. Update as new information is released and include the date the information was posted on your page. Remove links to any information that may be superseded by updated information.

(19/03/2020) As you will be aware, the government’s announcement that this year’s examinations in May and June will not take place is unprecedented in peacetime.

Over the coming days, weeks and months, we will be working closely with Ofqual, the JCQ, DfE and the awarding bodies to inform how the impact on this decision can be managed.

As you read this, we are working to provide you with more details as soon as is possible and we are committed to supporting our members in every way that we can.

Our thoughts are with you all and we will do everything we can to support you, your centres and your students during this incredibly difficult time.

(18/03/2020) We are closely following the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and guidance from Ofqual, the JCQ, DfE and the awarding bodies. We remain committed to supporting member centres during this extremely difficult time by continuing to signpost to updates and information as this is made available.

Pre-booked in-house invigilator training events will no longer be taking place due to school and college closures.

Course materials will be dispatched to delegates who were unable to attend the new exams officer training event in London (17 March) and senior leader/line manager training event (18 March) in London and we are looking at how we can compensate those who have been unable to attend paid training events.

We thank all our members and the wider exams community for their patience and understanding at this very challenging time.