Education Secretary announces plans for 2021 exams

The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has announced that 2021 summer exams for GCSE, AS and A level exams will start three weeks later than usual, to ensure that pupils are able to catch up on missed out learning. During the announcement, the government expressed their aim for exams to go ahead next year in the fairest and most accurate way to measure a pupil’s attainment.

Almost all GCSE, AS and A level exams will begin on 7 June 2021 and end on 2 July. The results for A and AS levels will be on 24 August 2021 and 27 August for GCSEs. Pupil education continues to be a priority for the government in its response to the coronavirus and supporting catch up learning through a recent announcement of a £1 billion catch-up programme and the freeing up of teaching time. 

More details on the 2021 exams will be announced later in the term however, Ofqual have commented that 2021 exams will offer more optionality without narrowing the curriculum. This included the option of multiple-choice questions or exam boards providing advance materials before tests.