The Exams Office will endeavour to support exams officers and centres by providing links on this page to the latest updates from all key stakeholders as information becomes available

Ofqual

Latest from Ofqual


Latest from Ofqual includes:


Awarding qualifications in summer 2020 (Published 03/04/2020. Last updated 22/05/2020)

Information for schools, students and parents on how GCSE, AS, A level, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020 includes the following guidance documents:

Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers: Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths (updated 22/05/2020)

Summer 2020 results for vocational, technical and other qualifications – Advice for teachers, trainers and tutors; learners, parents and carers; employers and professional bodies 

Information for Heads of Centre, Heads of Department and teachers on the submission of Centre assessment grades: Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths (updated 22/05/2020)

Guidance for Centres – The awarding of vocational and technical qualifications, and other general qualifications, in summer 2020 (added 15/05/2020)

Guidance for Heads of Centre, Heads of Department and teachers on objectivity in grading and ranking (added 15/05/2020)

Letter to students – Summer 2020 grading (03/04/2020)

Private candidate policy update (added 30/04/2020) Update on centre assessment grades and rank orders for private candidates and for students who have worked with other centres

Update on summer 2020 GCSEs, AS and A level grades for students in year 10 and below and for private candidates (added 05/05/2020)

Letter to students – summer 2020 grading – BSL signed (added 16/04/2020)


Consultations

(22/05/2020) Consultation on an additional GCSE, AS and A level exam series in autumn 2020 Proposals for an additional exam series in autumn 2020 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This consultation closes at 

(24/04/2020 outcomes 22/05/2020Decisions on exceptional arrangements for assessment and grading in 2020 and Analysis of responses to consultation on exceptional arrangements for assessment and grading in 2020 Consultation on the assessment and grading of vocational, technical and other general qualifications

(15/04/2020 outcomes 22/05/2020Decisions on exceptional arrangements for assessment and grading in 2020 and Analysis of responses to consultation on exceptional arrangements for assessment and grading in 2020 Consultation on specified general qualifications – GCSEs, AS, A levels, Extended Project Qualifications and the Advanced Extension Award in maths


The Ofqual Blog


News and correspondence includes


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

DfE

Latest from the Department for Education


Autumn exam series Responsibility for autumn GCSE, AS and A level exam series (22/05/2020) 

Collection Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings (last updated 29/05/2020) 

A collection of documents providing guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students including:


Announcements and correspondence includes:

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Public Health England and Department for Education

COVID-19: guidance for educational settings (updated 20/05/2020) The latest guidance for schools and other educational settings about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19

Qualifications Wales

Coronavirus – Covid-19 Latest news and blogs

Coronavirus – Covid 19 FAQs


The latest from Qualifications Wales (updated 26/05/2020) includes:

Consultation

  • (28/04/2020) Consultation on the arrangements for summer 2020 to help shape the way grades and the appeals process will operate during this exceptional year launched. This consultation closed on 13 May 2020.

Information for centres

See earlier information here

Qualifications Wales statements

See earlier statements here

Stakeholder statements

See earlier statements here

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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

Information and updates from The Exams Office



(22/05/2020) Ofqual have:


(19/05/2020)  Now dates on when to submit centre assessment grades and rank orders been confirmed, gather information starting to be provided by awarding bodies on how to submit grades and rank orders. Example links to start to gather information include:

AQA, OCR, Pearson, WJEC and Eduqas

The links above were correct as at 22/05/2020 – remember to check with your awarding bodies for the latest updates and any available online training events that may be offered

(07/05/2020 updated 15/05/2020) We appreciate that exams officers and their centres have questions about submitting centre assessment grades and rank orders. Gather information provided by awarding bodies on the window for  submitting these for the general qualifications – GCSE, AS and A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths. Confirm if there is any exception to the deadline for submitting endorsement grades for spoken language in GCSE English Language and practicals in A-level Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Example links to gather information include:

AQA Key dates for summer 2020, OCR Summer 2020 Timeline – General qualifications, Pearson Key dates and deadlines for General Qualifications, Eduqas Centre assessment grades; Spoken Language Endorsement

The links above were correct as at 15/05/2020 – remember to check for the latest updates. Where relevant to your centre, also gather information from your awarding body/bodies relating to vocational, technical and other general qualifications.

  • (06/05/2020) The Exams Office – Members update May 2020 emailed to members
  • (05/05/2020) Ofqual publish an Update on summer 2020 GCSEs, AS and A level grades for students in year 10 and below and for private candidates here
  • (30/04/2020) May monthly update – Message to our Members: Representing the exams officer community
  • (30/04/2020) JCQ published Supplementary information on validation of evidence by centres for private candidates here and Ofqual published a Private candidate policy update here
  • (28/04/2020 updated 06/05/2020) JCQ published an Update on the Summer Series 2020 here which includes updates on when to submit Centre Assessment Grades and rank orders, special consideration and access arrangements, conflicts of interest, transferred candidates, private candidates, entries, malpractice and results days
  • (24/04/2020) Ofqual launched a consultation to seek views on the exceptional arrangements they have set out for awarding of vocational and technical qualifications, and general qualifications (other than GCSEs, AS and A levels). The consultation closed on 8 May 2020.
  • (20/04/2020) The Exams Office update 3: Summary of Ofqual information Summer 2020 awarding issued
  • (17/04/2020) We appreciate that exams officers and their centres have questions about the normal April deadline(s) for withdrawing entries to be eligible for a refund of fees. We are aware that awarding bodies are currently directly emailing centres and/or updating information on their Coronavirus pages regarding withdrawals, deadlines and fees at this exceptional time
  • (16/04/2020) We are pleased that the Department for Education (DfE) has today confirmed that results for GCSEs and A/AS levels will be released on the same dates as originally planned – 20 August and 13 August respectively 
  • (15/04/2020) Ofqual asked us to encourage our members to provide a response to the consultation on the summer 2020 awarding process. The consultation closed on 29 April 2020.
  • (06/04/2020) The Exams Office – Members update April 2020 emailed to members
  • (03/04/2020) The Exams Office update 2: Summary of Ofqual information Summer 2020 grading issued
  • (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) The Exams Office update 1: Statement issued
  • (20/03/2020) The Exams Office good practice update: Keep students (and parents/carers) informed by creating and updating an area on your centre website providing links to the latest information provided by the DfE, Ofqual, JCQ and the awarding bodies your centre works with

OCR

Supporting you during coronavirus

Latest updates and FAQs

Coronavirus update (updated 22/05/2020)

Coronavirus FAQs


Latest updates to centres include:

See earlier updates here