Questions on the pathway for 2021 exams

Following Wales’ decision to cancel 2021 exams for all GCSE, AS and A level students, there have been some calls for Ofqual and the government to reconsider the 2021 exam series for pupils in England.

In October, the DfE announced that most GCSE, AS and A level exams in England would be delayed by 3 weeks in 2021 however, following Wales’ decision to cancel exams for 2021, pupils and professionals have called for the government to consider cancelling exams in England.

However, HM Chief Inspector, Amanda Speilman, has cautioned against going down the path announced by the Welsh Government, adding that she had “not yet seen anything that suggests that pulling exams as we did last year is the sensible default route to go down this year.”

A number of organisations, have submitted a set of joint proposals to the government which aim to make next year’s exams as fair as possible amidst the ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19 and remain in conversation with Ofqual and the DfE to establish the best solution for 2021 exams to ensure that pupil outcomes are fair, accurate and do not negatively impact on the future of employment and opportunity.