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.