May 2021 Design and Technology update

19 May 2021

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. 

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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.

Read and respond to the consultation here

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. 

Access the recording, presentation and the updated FAQs from the 4 May GCSE and A level D&T update event. 

Access event materials here

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.

GCSE

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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.

Read the Ofqual announcement

There are useful guidance, information and documents from the JCQ for summer 2021 arrangements. You can access these from their website, linked below. 

JCQ summer 2021 arrangements

The Pearson development Academy has various useful materials and resources to help you in the teacher assessed grade process this summer and includes, recorded training, checklists, guidance documents and more. 

PD academy

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Evren Alibaba

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