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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about exams and grades

From Friday 20 March, all educational settings are closed to everyone except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to continue having a significant impact on the education system, and the country, for months to come. Therefore national curriculum teacher assessments and tests and all exams have been cancelled now to give pupils, parents, and teachers certainty, and enable schools and colleges to focus on supporting vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

Further information and guidance can be found below:

15 April

Open consultation : Exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020

OFQUAL has a published a consultation on exceptional arrangements for awarding GCSEs, AS, A levels, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths. This consultation will close on Wednesday 29 April 2020. We encourage everyone with an interest to read the proposals and respond.

03 April 2020

Ofqual guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers and an open letter to students who were expecting to be taking their exams this summer.

Ofqual guidance: Information for Heads of Centre, Heads of Department and teachers on the submission of Centre assessment grades

Ofqual Guidance: Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers

Ofqual document: Letter to students – Summer 2020 grading

DfE correspondence: Direction issued to the Chief Regulator of Ofqual

A direction from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education, to Sally Collier, Chief Regulator of Ofqual, about calculating summer 2020 grades in lieu of exam results.

30 March 2020

Association of School and College Leaders guidance: “Emerging principles and guidance regarding teacher assessed grades for summer 2020”

20 March 2020

DfE Press release –  ‘Further details on exams and grades announced’

DfE Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

19 March 2020

Information: cancellation of 2019/20 national curriculum assessments (Official communication from the Standards and Testing Agency )

The Secretary of State for Education announced
yesterday, Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This means the following assessments planned between April and July 2020 are cancelled:

  • end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments (including tests and teacher assessment)
  • phonics screening check
  • multiplication tables check
  • science sampling tests
  • all statutory trialling

You do not need to complete any further activities to prepare for these assessments. Primary school performance measures will not be published for the 2019/20 academic year.