We've confirmed that we'll use a robust approach based on teacher assessment for the May/June 2021 series and that exams will not go ahead as planned.

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  • To ensure fairness for all students around the world, we want to ensure parity with our UK qualifications and so will align the evidence-based approach for international qualifications with the approach for UK qualifications, as far as it's sensible to do so.
  • Student grades will be derived by teachers and centres, with support throughout from Pearson. With our support, it will be possible to use a variety of evidence to inform the grade that will be submitted to Pearson.
  • We want to ensure that you have access to assessment materials that will enable objective and fair judgements to be made about student performance; we have also heard from you that you want us to support you in translating evidence-based judgements into grades.
  • We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way and we will share further guidance on our website about how you can use all the available evidence to arrive at a student's grade.

Changes to Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Art and Design examinations for 2021

The changes for the 2021 series are:

  • Component 2 has been removed from the qualification. There will be no pre-release for Component 2.

We promise to now work with you to make sure that students receive grades to progress to the next stage of their education. We'll provide detailed guidance and support to ensure that this happens. This will include: how to reach grading decisions; the creation of assessment materials; the quality assurance process and appeals; along with the general support around timelines and submission systems. We will also be providing support for teachers through our Professional Development Academy where teachers will be able to sign up and access a range of resources. We'll share further details with you shortly.

Ofqual have confirmed, following the publication of their decisions on assessment arrangements for May/June 2021, that candidates should continue to be given the opportunity to complete non-exam assessment (NEA) for GCSE, AS and A level qualifications.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has released guidance for centres on how to complete and authenticate non-exam assessment remotely, where it is safe and possible to do so.

Ofqual have also confirmed that NEA will not be assessed by the exam boards. The evidence from NEA will be used by teachers to inform their Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG). We know that teachers may be concerned about how to assess incomplete NEA evidence when a candidate has been unable

to finish their work through no fault of their own. The exam boards are working together to provide additional guidance to help centres in these circumstances.

As mentioned above we want to ensure parity with our UK qualifications and so will align the approach for NEA on international qualifications with the approach for UK qualifications.