May 2021 Design and Technology update
Here is your May 2021 subject update for Design and Technology, which includes the latest information, guidance and support for summer 2021 Teacher Assessed Grades, including a link to the most recent Ofqual consultation on NEA arrangements for 2022.
Ofqual consultation - Arrangements for non-exam assessment for qualifications in 2022
The consultation proposes to carry forward the arrangements that were put in place for GCSE and A level Design and Technology in 2021 into summer 2022.
The arrangements that were put in place are:
- Permit exam boards to accept mock-ups and/or clear and detailed intentions of prototypes. Exam boards to provide clarification about their requirements.
- Permit demonstration of using machinery, tools and/or processes.
This consultation closes on 28 May 2021.
Summer 2021 Support for Teacher Assessed Grades
Below, you will find the most up-to-date information and support materials for summer 2021 Teacher assessed grades.
The documents below, include helpful guidance on types of evidence that could be considered for the Teacher Assessed Grades this summer.
The recommendations and examples within this document are not definitive and there are many other approaches schools may wish to take, so long as they remain adhered to their centre policy.
Ofqual has recently released an update about the quality assurance process for this summer and defined the requirements.
Accordingly, once the grades are received, every centre will be asked to provide samples of student work. Exam boards will request at least the following evidence:
- 1 A level subject (at least 5 students)
- 2 GCSE subjects, one of which is likely to be either English language or maths (at least 5 students for each)
Centres that offer only A levels or only GCSEs will be asked to submit only work for those qualifications.
There are useful guidance, information and documents from the JCQ for summer 2021 arrangements. You can access these from their website.