The government has set out draft plans for GCSEs and A-level exams next year, including a choice of topics for some GCSE subjects and advance information about the focus of exams in others.

But schools will have to wait until the autumn to hear the government’s final decisions on adaptations, and their decision relating to how qualifications will be graded.

The Department for Education and Ofqual have today launched a consultation on a “package of measures to help mitigate the impact of disruption to students’ education”.

The measures are needed because students due to be entered for qualifications next summer have experienced “considerable disruption to their education during this and the last academic year”, the consultation said. It follows the decision to cancel exams in both 2020 and 2021.

They are seeking views on proposals for a choice of topics in GCSE English literature, history, ancient history and choice of content in GCSE geography, along with changes to the requirements for the delivery of practical activities in science subjects, and assessment in art and design.

The consultation also seeks views on proposals to give advance information on the “focus of the content of exams” in the majority of subjects at GCSE, AS and A-level.

They are also proposing that there will be “support materials” provided for exams in GCSE maths, physics and combined science exams.

The consultation proposes that art and design subjects be assessed on portfolio online, as well as changes to science practicals.


You can read the article in full on the Schools Week website here.

You can engage in the consultation, which closes at 11:45pm on August 1st 2021 here.

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