Latest Developments Regarding Year 11 Examinations

As a way of keeping our students (and parents/carers) informed of information coming out about the arrangements for exams and grades this page has been set up with links to all relevant information that is currently available from the DfE, Ofqual, JCQ and the awarding bodies that Scalby School works with.  


Latest from the Department for Education 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings 

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students (last updated 24/03/2020) including: 

(24/03/2020) Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020 Published 20 March 2020 

“…12. What about private candidates or home educated students? 

We will work closely with the independent regulator of qualifications, Ofqual, to explore options for awarding grades to private candidates, including home educated students…” 

(20/03/2020) Further details on exams and grades announced 

“The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer, following our actions to slow the spread of coronavirus… 

This means ensuring GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead…” 

(18/03/2020) Schools, colleges and early years settings to close 

“…We will not go ahead with primary school assessments or secondary exams this summer, and we will not be publishing performance tables. 

We will work with the sector and Ofqual to ensure children get the qualifications they need…” 

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Latest from Ofqual 

(20/03/2020) Update following announcement on exams and grades 

“We welcome the further information and clarity the Department for Education has outlined today to award students a calculated grade for their GCSEs, AS and A levels this summer, and to provide an exam option for those that wish it as soon as is reasonably possible after schools reopen. 

We are working tirelessly to support students affected by these unprecedented and difficult circumstances and to develop, quickly, a fair and consistent process. We know that schools and colleges urgently need to know what they will need to do, and when. 

Work is already underway with exam boards and teachers’ representatives to develop our proposals and we will provide more detail in the coming days.” 

(18/03/2020) Coronavirus – a further statement: Our response to Gavin Williamson’s statement on summer exams 

“We welcome the certainty that the Secretary of State’s decision not to hold exams this summer provides in these challenging circumstances. We will now work urgently with the Department for Education to work through the detail of this decision and to provide more information as soon as possible.”  

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Public Health England and Department for Education 

COVID-19: guidance for educational settings (updated 20/03/2020)  

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Latest BBC Education News 

(23/03/2020) BBC Coronavirus: Parents heed calls not to send children to school 

(20/03/2020) BBCCoronavirus: Teachers to estimate grades after exams cancelled 

(19/03/2020) Good Morning BritainA-Level and GCSE exams will not take place – Education Secretary 

“GCSE’s and A-levels have not been cancelled but exams will not take place, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said…” 

(19/03/2020) BBC Coronavirus: Answers promised after school shutdown confusion – School closures: What will happen now? 

(18/03/2020) BBCPupils will get qualifications 

(18/03/2020) BBCNo exams this year, UK education secretary says 

(18/03/2020) BBCSchools will still open for key worker children  

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Coronavirus and summer 2020 exams (updated 24/03/2020)  

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Coronavirus update (updated 20/03/2020)  

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UK BTEC, Work-based learning and Functional Skills assessment arrangements in light of Covid-19 

United Kingdom COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update (updated 20/03/2020) 

(20/03/2020)Update from Pearson regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak 

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Latest news/Subject news 

(20/03/2020) Issuing grades for qualifications summer 2020 

(11/03/2020) COVID-19: Coronavirus advice  

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Coronavirus – information and advice for customers and learners (updated 24/03/2020)  

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