Notice to Year 11 and Year 13 Students and Parents – Cancellation of Summer Exams

GOV.UK Further update on 2020 exams - Published 26 March 2020 From: Ofqual

Following the instruction from the Government to close schools and cancel the external summer exams, we wanted to update students and parents who may be concerned about the award of grades this year. It has been announced that grades will be awarded following the normal schedule, but the calculation of these grades will obviously be far from normal. Although we are still awaiting further details, this update sets out what we know so far.

You should note that the exam boards are aiming to award a calculated grade that they will determine. The calculated grade will take into account teachers’ assessment of the likely grade the student may have achieved if exams had gone ahead, as well as other factors such as prior attainment, so students’ final grades will not necessarily reflect their predicted grades. Assessment data collected in school is likely to include NEA scores completed to date, mock exam grades and other assessment data.

The exam regulator, Ofqual, and the exam boards, AQA, OCR, Pearson (formerly Edexcel) and WJEC/Eduqas will be providing schools with further guidance on the practicalities of this process soon, ensuring that the grades are awarded as fairly and robustly as possible in these circumstances. They will be responsible for the moderation process involved following the submission of predicted grades by schools. To clarify, predicted grades provided by schools will not be the only factor determining final grades awarded.

While we await this further guidance, please understand that teachers are not able or willing to speculate on what individual students might be predicted in any subject.

We will update this site in due course when further information is provided. It would also be beneficial to keep checking the Government website, with recent updates coming from the following links:

Although there will be no further assessments completed this year, we would also advise all Year 11 and Year 13 students to maintain a programme of study using the subject guidance on this website and following the instructions of their teachers on Frog. Maintaining such study is important for the future, and will certainly develop the independent study skills that are beneficial for students who are aiming for Sixth Form or Further Education.

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