GCSE examinations and national tests have been cancelled to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, students will be awarded a grade based on what they would most likely have achieved had exams gone ahead.

School-based assessment already has an important role in many examinations and in circumstances such as these, schools are best placed to judge the likely performance of students. Exam boards and their regulator, Ofqual, will do everything they can to make sure grades are as fair as possible.

We will consider the full range of available evidence when we grade students including non-exam assessment; the results of any homework assignments or mock exams; and any other records of performance over the course. We will also provide a rank order of students within each grade.

Outcomes should be issued to students by the summer as per traditional examinations.

A letter to students and further guidance for teachers, students and families is also available;

Ofqual Letter & Guidance

Ofqual has produced a video with further details about this year’s assessment process;


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