Update on Summer 2023 assessment arrangements from DfE and Ofqual

10 October 2022

On 29 September, the DfE and Ofqual confirmed plans for Summer 2023 exams.

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  • GCSE, AS, and A level exams in England will largely return to pre-pandemic arrangements next summer.
  • To protect students against the disruption of recent years, and in case students’ performance is slightly lower than before the pandemic, senior examiners will use the grades achieved by previous cohorts of pupils, along with prior attainment data, to inform their decisions about where to set grade boundaries. This mirrors the approach used in the first years of reformed GCSEs and A levels.
  • No Advance Information of exam content will be provided.

This follows on from the announcement from the Department for Education earlier this year regarding the return to full subject content and assessment coverage for GCSE subjects such as History in Summer 2023.

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