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Ofqual 2020 Exam Announcement 

A message for all GCSE, AS and A level students this summer

I understand how unsettling the past weeks have been for you, since the announcement that exams have been cancelled this summer, and that you are urgently waiting for news. I wanted to let you know what we are doing to provide you with grades. Our over-riding aim in this is to be fair to students this summer and to make sure you are not disadvantaged in your progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented conditions.

How will grades be calculated?

Your school will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:

•    the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams            had happened as planned

•   within each subject, the order of students at your school or college,by performance, for each grade. This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the     standard applied across schools and colleges

Your school or college will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

This information will allow us, with exam boards, to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be
different from the one your school or college sends to the exam board.

Do I need to complete any new work for my school/college to submit
a grade?

Your school or college is not required to set additional mock exams or
homework for your centre assessment grade, and you won’t be
disadvantaged if you were not set, or were unable to complete, any work
given out after schools were closed.

Can I see the grades my school/college submits for me?

No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your teachers, or
anyone else at your school or college, to tell you the grades they will be
sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of
students; they will not be allowed to share this with you.

I am a private candidate – what does this mean for me?

If you are a private candidate (for example, home-schooled, following
distance-learning programmes or studying independently) the centre you
are entering with should include you where the head teacher or principal is
confident that they and their staff have seen sufficient evidence of your
achievement to make an objective judgement. We are urgently exploring
whether there are alternative options for those students who do not have
an existing relationship with a centre and who need results this summer to
progress. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be possible for all private
candidates, some of whom may instead need to take exams in the autumn
to get their grades.

We appreciate that this is a matter of real concern to private candidates
and will provide an update as soon as possible. We have asked
organisations that represent universities and FE colleges to consider the
steps that providers could take when making admissions decisions this
summer for any private candidates who do not receive a grade. They have
told us that they believe that institutions will consider a range of other
evidence and information for these students to allow them to progress
wherever possible.

When will I get my results?

We’re working hard to get results out as soon as is possible – results won’t
be delayed after the dates they were expected in August, and ideally they
will be issued a little earlier, so you can have the certainty you need.

Can I take my exams another time?

We are working with exam boards to offer additional exams in the autumn
term as soon as it is possible to do so. We’ll let you know about these in
the coming weeks.

The information we have published covers GCSEs, AS and A levels, plus
Extended Project Qualifications and Additional Extension Awards in maths.
You can find out more about which qualifications and students are
included, and the current arrangements for those which are not, in our
detailed guidance; along with answers to other questions that you and your
parents or carers might have. We will keep updating our guidance as new 
information becomes available, including to share details about vocational
and technical qualifications as soon as we can, so please keep an eye on
our website.

Please be reassured that the grades you get this summer will look exactly
the same as in previous years, and they will have equal status with
universities, colleges and employers, to help you move forward in your
lives as planned.