Category Archives: 2021 Exams

How you’ll get a grade for GCSE and A Levels in 2021

Ofqual has announced its proposals for how students will receive their grades in their GCSE, AS and A Levels, after exams were cancelled. The consultation document sets out what Ofqual considers to be the fairest way to award grades to students so that they “have an equal opportunity to progress. Ofqual is also keen that […]

The Exam Question: The impact of cancelled exams and learning with Zoe Enser

Who knew unprecedented times could still give you a sense of deja vu? The cancellation of GCSE and A Level exams in the summer 2021 sitting has divided people: those who think the exams should have gone ahead as the fairest way to grade students; and those who have long held that exams should have […]

GCSE and A Level exams Cancelled in 2021

Students in England will no longer sit formal exams in GCSEs, A Levels or AS Levels in the Summer 2021 sitting, following the announcement from Government. Instead of these summer exams, teacher judgement will be used to grade students, in a similar way to 2020’s grades. However the detail of what will be involved in […]

Government announces headline changes for 2021 GCSE and A-Level exams.

The Governement has announced steps to improve fairness for next year’s exam students, with detail to follow. Today (3 December 2020) the Department for Education has announced a number of measures that it sees as addressing the issues of fairness and disruption for England’s students taking GCSEs and A-Level exams. It comes after months of […]

Welsh Government cancels GCSE, AS and A Level exams for Summer 2021

Education Minister Kirsty Williams has today (Tuesday 10 November ) confirmed Wales’ approach for qualifications in 2021. Her decision that there will be no end of year exams for learners taking GCSEs, AS levels or A levels. Instead The Welsh Government will work with Headteachers and others to determine a nationally consistent approach to teacher […]

GCSE and A Level Exams in England to take place a little later in 2021

Students taking GCSE, AS and A Level exams in 2021 sitting will now have an additional 3 weeks to prepare. This follows today’s announcement to delay the exam period in England. Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has confirmed that exams will go ahead next year. There will also be “contingencies for all possible scenarios”. The Prime […]

National 5s cancelled for 2021. GCSEs next?

The Scottish Parliament has cancelled National 5 exams – broadly the GCSE equivalent – for 2021. Instead grades will be awarded on the basis of assessments throughout the year informing teacher assessed grades. It’s entirely possible that the rest of the UK could follow suit. That is something that experts are suggesting should happen. However, […]

Changes to English Literature – GCSE 2021

Exam boards are updating their specifications to the changes in the English Literature GCSE exams, we’ve summarised the changes. UPDATE: AQA has changed it’s position and made the Poetry Anthology optional (along with 20th Century Drama and 19th Century Prose). Unseen poetry remains compulsory with Shakespeare. At the beginning of August Ofqual confirmed a number […]

Will GCSE and A Level exams happen in 2021?

As if the year ahead won’t be trying enough for students, now MPs and the Media are weighing in on whether exams will actually take place. Today Labour shadow education MP, Kate Green, has announced Labour’s position that GCSE and A-level exams should be pushed back. They are arguing that the exams could take place […]

Ofqual confirms changes to GCSE exams in 2021.

To find out about Ofqual’s proposals on how 2021 grades will be awarded – head here> https://thestudybuddy.com/2021/01/16/how-youll-get-a-grade-for-gcse-and-a-levels-in-2021/ Following the consultation paper in July, Ofqual (the body responsible for regulating exams in England) has now announced what changes are being rolled out for students taking their exams next year. The changes are in response to impact […]