15 January 2021
Today, Ofqual have released their consultation about the Summer 2021 General Qualifications exam series. We encourage you to read the consultation carefully and respond with your views, as by sharing your insight and experience Ofqual have the best chance of ensuring that the approach developed meets the needs of a range of stakeholders. The consultation closes on 29 January 2021.
6 January 2021
In a statement to Parliament today, the Education Secretary has confirmed that GCSE, AS and A level exams will not go ahead this summer and will be replaced by a form of teacher-assessed grades, with training and support provided to ensure these are awarded fairly and consistently.
Statement regarding Pearson general qualifications following today’s announcement on UK national restrictions (4 January 2021)
You will have seen this evening’s announcement by the UK government on further national restrictions being implemented in the UK, including UK school closures. We know that you will be thinking through and dealing with the implications of this across all areas of life and work - for yourselves, your families and your local and educational communities.
We would like to reassure you that we are working with the UK Department for Education and Ofqual to understand the implications of today’s announcements for our general qualifications. We will share further details as soon as we are able, via email, social media and on this webpage. You can also contact us directly with any queries.
Some of you may have queries about the January examination series for International GCSE and International A Level, which are due to start later this week. International GCSEs and International A Levels are used by students around the world and, as such, these exams are still intended to be available as planned. We are conscious that some schools will have students who are due to sit International GCSEs in January, but are now required to close due to national restrictions. We will be in touch very shortly with confirmation on arrangements here.
As always, we remain committed to helping schools manage the ongoing impact of COVID-19, and will be in touch again with further details as soon as they become available.