Summer 2022 support

On the 16 of June, Ofqual published the outcome of the 2022 NEA and field work consultation. This set out their proposals to carry forward the arrangements which were put in place in 2021 to take account of public health restrictions that could have had an impact on the way the assessments in these qualifications could be conducted.

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The consultation concluded that all of the proposals set out in the consultation document would be implemented.

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The requirement for assessments to use words outside of vocabulary lists has been removed, and glossing is permitted where necessary i.e. where a word from outside the vocabulary list cannot be avoided.

Exam boards are permitted to include an additional optional question in the writing assessment.

Teachers and students should prepare for spoken language in 2022 to be assessed in the normal way, through formal speaking tests. If, at any point before the speaking tests begin, it becomes clear they cannot or should not be taken, Ofqual will implement contingency arrangements.

The contingency assessment arrangements for spoken language will apply the spoken language endorsement approach set out in the 2021 Subject Level Conditions for GCSE MFL qualifications. Teachers should have regard to these assessment criteria throughout the course.


We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2022 summer arrangements and we’ll be releasing more information and guidance as this is confirmed.

You can find the support which we currently have available to support teaching and learning below.

Summer 2022 consultation

The Department for Education and Ofqual are now consulting on other proposed summer 2022 adaptations, including optionality and advanced notice. 

Please visit the government website to have your say. 

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 1 August 2021.