Ofqual proposes changes to some GCSE, AS and A Level Exams for 2021

Ofqual proposes changes to some GCSE, AS and A Level Exams for 2021

Consultant: Sam WilliamsDate posted: August 2020

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has published the outcomes of its consultation on proposed changes to some of the GCSE, AS, and A-Level examinations for Summer 2021. The consultation ran between 1st and 16th July with Ofqual confirming that 28,972 responses had been submitted.


The consultation, undertaken by Ofqual, follows a request from the Secretary of State for Education, in June this year, for the regulator to consider if any changes to next year’s system were required to ensure that students undertaking examinations would not be disadvantaged by the impact of Covid-19 and the closure of schools. The Secretary of State wrote ‘I would welcome, advice from Ofqual on potential adaptations in assessments to respond to this context, including a pragmatic use of content sampling and increasing optionality within papers to give students more choice.’

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