Info for Exam Students

Update: 3 April 2020
Ofqual has developed a process which it believes will fairly recognise students’ work and make sure they get their grades in time to progress.  There is an open letter below from Ofqual to students who were expecting to be taking their exams this summer as well as guidance for students and their parents:

Update: 23 March 2020

 We understand that Year 11 and Year 13 students who were due to sit public exams this summer will be concerned about the impact on the government’s decision to cancel all examinations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department for Education (DfE) confirmed on 20 March that teachers will work with the exam regulator Ofqual and exam boards to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer.  The DfE says its priority is to “ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives”.

Exam boards will be asking teachers to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next school year for students who wish to. Ofqual will work to ensure that the grades awarded reflects students’ performance as fairly as possible and will work with exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students.

The DfE says that to produce the grades, teachers will consider a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools. The exam boards will then combine this information with other data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student.

The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July.

The DfE recognise that some students may nevertheless feel disappointed that they haven’t been able to sit their exams. If students do not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis. In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.

Further information from the DfE is available from the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

We are waiting for more information and will share this will students as soon as we have further details.

Updates:

23.03.20 DfE advice about cancelled exams published on 20.03.20.