16/04/2020: Public Consultation on Exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020
Ofqual have released a public consultation on the exams grading process for the summer of 2020. The aim of the consultation, which closes at 11:45pm on 29th April 2020, is to:
- ensure students can receive grades in these qualifications this summer so they can progress to the next stages of their lives without further disruption
- that the grades will be as valued as those of any other year
- that the approach will be fair
Please do take time to read the additional information and where you can, submit your feedback to Ofqual.
In terms of the awarding organisations working with MIS providers, the conversations have reduced in the past week as they continue to work through their revised processes and figure out their technical strategy for collecting the data they require. Capita have confirmed that they will not be using revised basedata or different versions of EDI submission files.
Capita have stressed to the JCQ that any data they collect across the different boards must be in a consistent format. This is to ease the burden of the Exam Officers and Data Managers coordinating responses across a variety of AOs at their establishment. When Capita have more information and certainty on how SIMS can help in this process, we will publish additional guidance.
03/04/2020: The Secretary of State for Education announced on Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Primary school performance measures will not be published for the 2019/20 academic year.
All early years foundation stage, key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2) assessments are cancelled. This means that no monitoring or moderation activities will take place in 2019/20.
Today (03/04/2020) Ofqual have announced how GCSEs, AS & A levels will be awarded in Summer 2020.
“Exam boards will be contacting schools, colleges and other exam centres after Easter asking them to submit, by a deadline that will be no earlier than 29 May 2020, the following:
- a centre assessment grade for every student in each of their subjects: that is, the grade they would be most likely to have achieved if they had sat their exams and completed any non-exam assessment. Judgements should balance different sources of evidence such as:
- any participation in performances in subjects such as music, drama or PE
- any non-exam assessment – whether or not complete
- the results of any assignments or mock exams
- previous examination results – for example, for any re-sitting students or those with relevant AS qualifications
- any other records of student performance over the course of study
- the rank order of students within each grade for each subject – for example, for all those students with a centre assessment grade of 5 in GCSE maths, a rank order where 1 is the most secure/highest attaining student, and so on. This information will be used in the statistical standardisation of centres’ judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across all schools and colleges
- a declaration from the Head of Centre making the submission“
To see the full update click here.
Further guidance that could be of interest:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance recording for educational settings
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people
- Guidance for schools about temporarily closing