• Results 2020: What you need to know about this year's appeals and Autumn resits

    Ofqual has confirmed today its appeals and resits process. We take you through what you need to know… 1. The appeal routes open are now just for errors Schools and colleges can only appeal where there has been an administrative error with the CAG or rank order information. Ofqual said rank order information was vital

    11.57 Aug. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Government will pay exam appeal fees, says Williamson

    The government will cover fees for failed appeals against exam grades following a huge backlash over A-level results. The Department for Education, in a press release published today, said that state-funded schools and colleges will be able to claim back unsuccessful appeals at the same time as claiming back fees for autumn exams. Successful appeals

    22.59 Aug. 14th, 2020 | News

  • A-level appeals: Heads fear pupils will miss university start dates

    Students awaiting the outcome of appeals against their A-level grades or to take autumn exams could miss the start of their first term at university, heads have warned. Schools are now considering the next steps to take on behalf of pupils following widespread disappointment at exam results yesterday. If the appeal takes as long as

    14.07 Aug. 14th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: Ofqual to provide guidance on "valid mock grades"

    Ofqual has announced it will publish guidance on how schools can use “valid mock grades” to appeal A-levels and GCSE results next week. The Department for Education confirmed late last night that some pupils will be offered the option to use grades given in mock exams instead of their standardised A-level and GCSE grades. The

    15.53 Aug. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: Heads question mock exam 'curveball'

    The government’s last-minute decision to give some pupils the chance to use mock exam grades instead of their calculated results has placed schools on the back foot and exacerbated anxiety among pupils, according to headteachers. The Department for Education announced last night – less than 48 hours before A-level results day – that some pupils

    20.44 Aug. 12th, 2020 | News

  • 'We apologise to nobody' - Gibb defends 'eleventh-hour' mocks change

    The government will “apologise to nobody” for its last-minute change to the exams system which will offer some pupils the option to use “valid mock grades” instead of standardised results, the schools minister has said. Nick Gibb was defiant when he appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to defend the change, which was announced late

    10.34 Aug. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: Ofqual confirms final appeals process for GCSEs and A-levels

    Schools will be able to appeal against GCSE and A-level results if they feel data used to standardise grades was not a “reliable basis” for predicting 2020 results, Ofqual has confirmed. The exams regulator has set out the full arrangements for appeals this year, confirming that schools will be able to appeal if they were

    13.40 Aug. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Labour seeks assurances over GCSE and A-level results amid claims of unfairness in Scotland

    Labour is seeking “urgent assurances” from the government that the GCSE and A-level results process in England will treat pupils fairly, amid claims poorer pupils in Scotland were penalised under a similar system. Kate Green, the shadow education secretary, has written to her opposite number Gavin Williamson for reassurances that he “will not allow similar

    22.30 Aug. 5th, 2020 | News