DfE launches consultations on replacement of summer 2021 exams and VTQs amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

DfE launches consultations on replacement of summer 2021 exams and VTQs amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education (DfE), in conjunction with Ofqual, has launched a consultation on how best to replace summer 2021 exams amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is proposed that teachers will make a final assessment of students at the end of the academic year. This will be subject to external quality assurance and can also be appealed. The consultation will also consider whether modified external papers should be mandatory in schools and colleges as part of the overall teacher assessment. A separate consultation has been launched to discuss alternative arrangements for vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs). Both consultations will close at 11.45 pm on 29 January 2021.

Commenting on the proposals for exam replacement, Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: ‘these proposals should give young people confidence that despite exams being cancelled, they will still receive a grade that reflects their ability.’

To read the proposals for exam replacement in full, click here.

To take part in the consultation on 2021 exam replacement, click here.

To read the proposals for VTQs, click here.

To take part in the consultation on alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs, click here.

Sources:

• Consultation launched on 2021 exam replacement

• Consultation on alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021

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