Students could see changes to coursework and fieldwork for some GCSE and A-level subjects next year under proposals put forward by Ofqual today.
The exams regulator has launched a two-week consultation this morning on arrangements for non-exam assessment for 2022 qualifications.
It focuses on subjects in which preparation and work will be taking place this term for students taking exams next summer – such as dance, drama and geography.
Ofqual said it recognised there were “other activities” schools may have questions about, such as externally set art tasks and practical work in sciences, environmental science and astronomy, and the externally-set tasks in art and design.
But the regulator said it was “currently hopeful that, with further lifting of public health restrictions, it will be possible for students to complete work as usual during the next academic year.”
“Therefore, we do not propose to carry forward the 2021 arrangements for these subjects at this point in time to avoid possible negative effects on teaching and learning.”
Ofqual said it would keep the situation “under review” and provide more information in due course.
Changes similar to 2021, but with some differences
This year, there was flexibility for certain non-exam assessments, such as a relaxation of requirements for group work in dance, drama and theatre and music qualifications.
Most of the changes for 2022 are the same, but for GCSE modern foreign languages, Ofqual is proposing to drop the separate grading for the spoken language assessment.
This year, teachers will give the mark as a pass, merit or distinction and it will be reported alongside the 9 to 1 grade for the overall qualification.
Ofqual said it anticipates it will be possible to conduct speaking assessments in the “normal way” in 2022. However, a decision will be made by January 31 next year depending on the pandemic.
There are also slight changes to flexibilities offered in AS and A-level geology this year.
Ofqual and the Department for Education are yet to say what adjustments will be made to exams next year.
Interim chief regulator Simon Lebus revealed in March that the government was considering making “adaptations” to exams in 2022 similar to those proposed for this summer’s assessments before they were cancelled.
For example, had exams gone ahead this year, it was proposed that there would be reduced content assessed in GCSE ancient history, history and English literature.
Today’s consultation states that content coverage is the DfE’s responsibility, and arrangements in these subjects “will be considered as part of the wider policy decisions for the 2022 exams”.
The non-exam assessment consultation closes on May 28.