Summer 2021 exam support

In August 2020 Ofqual confirmed there will be changes to the 2021 examination series due to the impact coronavirus has had on students’ education. Here you’ll find the information you need to help you understand the changes to Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Language.

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We will be providing you and your students with materials specifically tailored to help you prepare for the summer 2021 exam series. Links to content support will be listed below, as it becomes available, and we will let you know when further information is added.

Please note that these changes apply to the 2021 exam series only. For students due to be examined in 2022 these changes do not apply.

Changes to 2021 Assessments

In order to support teachers and students and ease the burden of the 2021 assessments, you will not be required to record or submit evidence for your students’ Spoken Language Endorsement (SLE). As in summer 2020, SLE grades will not be monitored in 2021, therefore you will not be required to submit a sample of recordings. Please submit your students’ SLE grades in the normal way, via Edexcel Online.

We continue to accept the following arrangements:

  • A SLE presentation may be given in front of a single teacher, who can represent ‘the audience’. The SLE may be conducted by the teacher at any time during the course and by virtual means.
  • Both the assessment record sheets, and the Head of Centre Declaration may be signed digitally. These should be retained by the centre.

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Further support 

Please see below for further support to help teach your Year 11 students for the summer 2021 exam series:

Live Lessons on YouTube

To support English teachers throughout the 2020 school closures due to COVID-19, we launched a brand-new series of free online GCSE English Language lessons suitable for all awarding bodies that can now be viewed on-demand on our YouTube channel. 

Discover our Live Lessons

Weekly webinar series

A collection of our free GCSE English weekly webinars during school closures, with teacher and trainer Julie Hughes, with top tips and resources for both Language and Literature. 

View previous webinars and resources

Book onto autumn webinars (dates coming soon)

Results Plus Mocks Analysis

To help you track your Year 11s' progress as they prepare for their exams, our free ResultsPlus tool provides you with in-depth information and analysis of mock results. 

Discover ResultsPlus and standardisation materials