Summer 2021 Exams – what we know at this stage
From an announcement on Tuesday 12 October 2020 from the Department for Education (DfE):
The Prime Minister and Education Secretary are clear that exams will go ahead, as they are the fairest and most accurate way to measure a pupil’s attainment.
Today (12 October), the government is announcing the summer exam series will start on 7 June and end on 2 July for almost all AS and A levels and GCSEs. One maths and one English GCSE exam will be held just before the May half-term, giving any year 11 pupils who are affected by COVID-19 the best possible chance of still sitting a paper in each of these core subjects.
Results days are Tuesday 24 August for A and AS levels and Friday 27 August for GCSEs so students will start the following academic year as normal.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“Fairness to pupils is my priority, and will continue to be at the forefront of every decision we take in the lead up to exams next summer. Exams are the fairest way of judging a student’s performance so they will go ahead, underpinned by contingency measures developed in partnership with the sector.”
The full guidance from the DfE can be read her: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/students-to-be-given-more-time-to-prepare-for-2021-exams
What we also know is that guidance can change and while there does not appear to be any plans to move to Centre Assessed Grades (as happened with Class of 2020) at this stage, this is something that we all need to prepare for none-the-less.
Minor changes have been made to some of the GCSE subjects including removing some of the content and/or removing some of the Non-Examined Assessments (NEAs – coursework) but most remain unchanged. Details of these changes have been shared with your child and can be found below on our website.
Exams Policy and Statutory Guidance
Information for candidates - onscreen tests
Information for candidates - Privacy Notice
JCQ Social Media
Information for candidates - written exams
Information for candidates NEA 19 -20 Non Examination Assessment
Information for candidates coursework 19-20
Notice to centres - malpractice
Advice for parents
The secret to doing well in exams lies in planning. You can help your child to create a clear revision plan and method of studying that will make them feel in control of their work.
Tips for revision planning:
- Work out a revision timetable for each subject
- Break revision time into small chunks - hour-long sessions with short breaks at the end of each session often work well
- Make sure your child has all the essential books and materials
- Condense notes onto postcards to act as revision prompts
- Buy new stationery, highlighters and pens to make revision more interesting
- Go through school notes with your child or listen while they revise a topic
- Time your child’s attempts at practice papers
Key to Success Event for Year 11 Parent/Carers
Under current circumstances, the usual evening format in school for our annual Key to Success evenings has had to be reviewed. Usually the evening consists of presentations around how to support your child at home in the lead up to exams, as well as subject specific advice from core subjects. This year we are pleased to provide a recording of general information and study skills from Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Watts and a presentation from virtually all our subject leads explaining how each 2021 Qualification has or has not been changed this year as a result of Covid-19. Each also includes useful hints and tips about how to support your child in each subject. Please pick and choose the relevant ones for your child.