It’s been a very challenging and uncertain year for all students, parents and carers and, with the cancellation of the summer exam series, we appreciate you will be keen to know what to expect over the coming months.

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On this page, we’ll provide information, support and guidance for students, parents and carers to help make the summer 2021 processes more transparent, and to help you understand what Ofqual and the Department for Education have asked your teachers to do to ensure that you receive a fair grade this summer.

We'll be updating this page on a regular basis, so do bookmark it to ensure you stay up-to-date with all the latest information and support.

We will also be sending regular email updates to parents and carers to keep you informed of the latest qualification news and developments for summer 2021.

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A message to students about summer 2021

Timeline for summer 2021 grading

Take a look at the timeline for the summer 2021 GCSE and A level grading below:

Timeline for summer 2021 grading
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JCQ - guidance for students, parents and guardians

On 26 March the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) released comprehensive guidance to schools and colleges about the process for determining grades for students this summer.

JCQ have also produced a document entitled Guidance for students, parents and guardians: GCSEs and AS/A levels in England Summer 2021 that provides an overview of the most important information that you and your parents or guardians need to know about how grades will be awarded this summer.

Take a look at the information provided, which also includes:

  • a timeline of what is happening, and when
  • details about how your teachers, schools and colleges will decide your grades
  • dates for when you will receive your results. 

Support and guidance from Ofqual

To help you understand how qualifications will be awarded in 2021, Simon Lebus, Chief Regulator at Ofqual, explains the arrangements in this article.

You can also download the useful infographic below from Ofqual that explains the process in a more visual way.

Infographic: How GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded in summer 2021
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