In 2020 and 2021 it was, regrettably, necessary to cancel national exams because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is the government’s policy that exams and assessments for GCSEs, AS and A levels (as well as for vocational and technical qualifications) should go ahead in summer 2022. The Department of Education believes, all other things being equal, exams and other formal assessments are the best and fairest means of assessment. However, they recognise that students in the 2022 cohort have had their education disrupted, and that exams and assessments taken in summer 2022 should be adjusted to take this into account. In October 2022 Ofqual published a range of adaptations to exams and assessments in light of the impact of the pandemic on students entering these qualifications in summer 2022. These proposals are summarised below in text, as well as in a short video presentation.
Summary of decisions for examinations 2022
In summary, these decisions mean that for summer 2022:
1. There will be optional topics and content in GCSE English literature, history and geography. Ofqual will require exam boards to change how they assess these subjects to reflect the expected changes to the way the subject content is assessed, as proposed in the consultation.
2. Centres will be allowed to deliver practical work in GCSE biology, chemistry, physics, combined science, geology and astronomy, AS level biology, chemistry, physics and geology, and AS and A level environmental science by demonstration. We would encourage centres to continue to make available hands-on practical activities for their students wherever possible. This does not require changes to the assessment arrangements that the exam boards have in place for each of these specifications.
3. Centres will be allowed to assess the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC) across the minimum number of practical activities required to enable students to demonstrate their competence in A level biology, chemistry, physics and geology.
4. Exam boards can carry out remote monitoring of centres’ application of the CPAC.
5. Students taking GCSE, AS and A level art and design will be assessed on their portfolio only.
6. Exam boards will provide advance information about the focus of the content of the exams for all GCSE, AS and A level subjects (except GCSE English literature, history, ancient history and geography) for the summer 2022 exams. The advance information will meet the principles set out in the consultation document.
7. The policy intention of providing advance information is that it will support students’ revision. Therefore, the DfE has confirmed that advance information will be provided by 7 February 2022 at the latest. This will enable teachers to plan to adapt their teaching in the second half of the spring term if necessary. DfE has also decided to retain the flexibility for advance information to be deployed at other points ahead of 7 February 2022 if circumstances require. At least a week’s notice will be given if it is decided that advance information will be released earlier than 7 February 2022.
8. Students will be given a formulae sheet for GCSE mathematics in summer 2022. Exam boards will provide copies of the formulae sheet for use in teaching and to ensure that students are familiar with it prior to the exams. Clean copies of the formulae sheet will be provided in the exams.
9. Students will be given a revised equation sheet for GCSE physics and combined science in summer 2022, covering all the equations required in the subject content. Exam boards will provide copies of the equation sheet for use in teaching and to ensure that students are familiar with it prior to the exams. Clean copies of the equation sheet will be provided in the exams.
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Certificate Collection – Examinations taken in Summer 2020 and Previous Years
GCSE and GCE examination certificates for examinations taken in Summer 2020 and previous years, are available for collection from the student support office, if you are unable to collect them yourself and would like them collected on your behalf, please issue written authorisation to Mrs Hodgkinson, Examinations Manager at the school, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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