Corona Virus (COVID-19) Statement from the Trust – 20/03/2020

Friday
20 March 2020

Exams and Qualifications: Government Update

  • Ofqual and
    exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising
    an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible. More information will be
    provided as soon as possible.
  • The aim is to
    provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July. In terms of
    a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in
    other years. We will also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar
    pattern to that in other years
    , so that this year’s students do not
    face a systematic disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary
    circumstances.
  • No young
    person will face a barrier when it comes to moving onto the next stage of their
    lives, whether that’s further or higher education, an apprenticeship or a job
  • Exam boards
    will work closely with the teachers who know their pupils best to ensure their
    hard work and dedication is rewarded and fairly recognised
  • Government recognises
    that some students may nevertheless feel disappointed that they haven’t been
    able to sit their exams. If they do not believe the correct process has been
    followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis. In addition,
    if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they
    will have the opportunity
    to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity
    , once schools
    are open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer
    2021.
  • In many cases
    students will already have completed modules or non-exam assessment which could
    provide evidence to award a grade. Government is expecting maximum possible
    flexibility and pragmatism from Awarding Bodies to ensure students are not
    disadvantaged. Ofqual is working urgently with the sector to explore options
    and we will work with them to provide more details shortly.
  • The
    Government will not publish any school or college level educational performance
    data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020.