Exam Cancellation Update: Coronavirus
During these unprecedented times, we appreciate that substantial uncertainty and rapid change may be affecting many aspects of your family’s life, including your child’s education and future plans.
Understanding the announcements regarding changes to exams and schooling is one area we can help with, enabling you to work out how best to support your child in the months ahead.
For this summer’s awards, schools and colleges are being asked to provide centre assessment grades for their students. These should be fair, objective and carefully considered judgements of the grades schools and colleges believe their students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams, and should take into account the full range of available evidence:
- previous attainment, including GCSEs and mocks
- non-exam assessment (course work)
- up to date grade predictions
To make sure that grades are as fair as possible across schools and colleges, exam boards will put all centre assessment grades through a process of standardisation using a model being developed with Ofqual. Guidance has now been published for teachers, students, parents and carers.
Exam boards will be contacting schools, colleges and other exam centres after Easter asking them to submit, by a deadline that will be no earlier than 29 May 2020.
The Government has said its aim is to provide these calculated grades before the end of July, and there will be an option to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, or appeal your grade.
For students hoping to go to University, the Government has asked universities to stop making unconditional offers or amending existing offers for two weeks. This is to reduce the pressure on students to accept unconditional offers over others.
UCAS have also announced a couple of small timeline changes to give students more time to make decisions and to understand more about how qualifications will be awarded this summer.
Please be assured we will keep you updated with developments as they emerge.