• Dropping GCSEs only for 'exceptional circumstances', leaked DfE guidance states

    School leaders will be told to only allow GCSE students to drop a subject in “exceptional circumstances” next year, according to draft guidance on the reopening of schools. Leaked details of the proposals were first revealed yesterday by HuffPost UK, which reported that the guidance set out how “some pupils may have to drop some

    18.02 Jun. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Government to consult on delaying 2021 exam season

    The government is considering delaying the 2021 exam series until later in the summer, Gavin Williamson has revealed. The education secretary told MPs this afternoon that the government would be “consulting with Ofqual about how we can move those exams back” to maximise teaching time. It comes amid growing pressure on ministers to reveal their

    14.55 Jun. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Six things we learned from Ofqual about exams in 2020 and 2021

    Exams were the focus of an education select committee hearing this week, with senior staff appearing from the exams’ regulator Ofqual. Here’s what we found out.   1. Consultation on 2021 exam plans due before summer break Sally Collier, the chief regulator of Ofqual, told MPs schools needed to know what was happening with next

    12.36 Jun. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Schools need to know 2021 exam plans before summer, says Ofqual chief

    Schools need to know what’s happening with next year’s exams “before the summer break ideally”, the head of the qualifications regulator has acknowledged. Sally Collier, the chief regulator of Ofqual, told the Parliamentary education committee this morning that a consultation process on plans for next year will start “in the coming weeks”. “Schools and teachers,

    11.12 Jun. 10th, 2020 | News