Exams Summer 2022
Now that all entries and access arrangements have been updated the exams team is organising the seating arrangements for each exam session. Once complete all students will receive their individual exam schedule. Where students have clashes in exams, we will contact home and talk to students about the arrangements needed to satisfy JCQ regulations.
Arrangements for study leave:
Year 11 Leavers: Formal planned teaching lessons will continue until Thursday 26th May. Students will attend lesson when not taking exams. The Leavers Assembly will be the afternoon of Thursday 26th May at 12:00 in the Main Hall. Monday 6th June, students will be on study leave and will only need to attend school to take exams. Rooms will be available for student who wish to attend school to revise.
Year 13 Leavers: Formal planned teaching lessons will continue until Friday 13th May. The Leavers Assembly will be the afternoon of Friday 13th in the Main Hall. From Monday 16th May, students will be on study leave but staff will be in their rooms when they would have taught the students so they can pop in for support until half-term.
Information for candidates:
Grading and qualifications have been reviewed to support all students taking exams this Summer; however, there are some circumstances where a student may have been disadvantaged in relation to their exams. As a school we can apply for special considerations when a student sits their exams. It is applied when the issue or event has had, or is reasonably likely to have had, a material effect on a candidate’s ability to take an assessment or demonstrate his or her normal level of attainment in an assessment. Examples of when special consideration can be applied for:
- 2.1.1 temporary illness or accident/injury at the time of the assessment
- 2.1.2 bereavement at the time of the assessment
- 2.1.3 domestic crisis arising at the time of the assessment
- 2.1.4 serious disturbance during an examination, particularly where recorded material is being used
- 2.1.5 accidental events at the time of the assessment such as being given the wrong examination paper
Applications for special consideration will need to comply with guidance and have sufficient evidence to support the application: https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/A-guide-to-the-special-consideration-process-202122-%E2%80%93-General-and-Vocational-qualifications-Updated-8-April-2022.pdf If you are aware of any circumstance that could merit an application for special consideration please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Everything you need to know about Covid measures during exams this summer
Students studying for their GCSEs, A levels and vocational qualifications will be preparing to sit their exams this summer. We know that there may be instances where students contract the virus during the exam period, as we continue to live with COVID-19.
Here we look at what students should do if they feel unwell or receive a positive Covid test result while taking their exams.
Exams have been spaced by a minimum of ten days between the first and last exam in any subject, to reduce the chance of students missing all exams in a subject because of illness. Parents should, wherever possible, encourage their children to attend their exams. However, there may be exceptional cases though where this will not be possible, e.g., a temporary illness on the day of the examination.
Will I have to provide proof of a positive Covid test if I fail to sit an exam due to Covid?
No - there is no requirement for you to complete a COVID-19 test to provide evidence of your absence from an exam.
Instead, the JCQ awarding bodies will be adapting ‘Form 14 -JCQ/ME - Self-certification for candidates’ who have missed an exam to assist centres in dealing with candidates who are absent from an exam for an acceptable reason in line with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) guidance. You and your parents/carers/guardians will need to complete the relevant sections of the form and the centre can then verify your circumstances, where provided in Form 14, to process an application for special consideration using the category ‘absent candidate’.
I am taking my A levels and have a high temperature on the day of one of my exams, what should I do?
UKHSA guidance advises you to stay at home and avoid contact with others, until you no longer have a high temperature and are well enough to attend your exams.
You will be asked to self-certify your illness using Form 14 and your centre will use this to submit an application for special consideration to the relevant awarding bodies using the category ‘absent candidate’.
As your exams have been spaced by at least ten days you will be able to receive A-level grades based on the other components completed.
I have taken a COVID-19 test under the direction of my GP and have a positive test result, what should I do?
The UKHSA guidance is that you stay at home and avoid contact with others for 3 days (if 18 and under) or 5 days (if 19 or older) after the day you took the test.
Your centre will ask you to self-certify the reason for absence using Form 14. You are not required to provide proof of a test but could keep a record of the test, such as a photograph, as evidence if it is available.
Your centre will then submit an online application for special consideration to the relevant awarding bodies using the category ‘absent candidate’.
I am taking my A levels and am feeling unwell and experiencing a high temperature, but I still want to attend my exam. Can I still sit it?
UKHSA guidance is to stay at home and avoid contact with others until you no longer have a high temperature.
JCQ guidance confirms that following UKHSA guidance is an acceptable reason to miss an exam, and you will be eligible to receive special consideration.
Advanced guidance for Summer Exams
The Department for Education issued content details for this summer's GCSE and A-Level exam series. Summer exams for GCSEs, AS, and A levels will be taking place in 2022 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Ofqual and the Department for Education recognise students' difficulties during the pandemic. Changes have been made to this year's arrangements to help students focus their revision.
Exam boards have provided advance information for exams in most subjects. The guidance has included information on topics choices or content. Exam boards will also provide formulae sheets and equation sheets for GCSE maths, physics, and combined science exams. This advance information will also help teachers manage revision time in the lead-up to exams. In addition, the DFE has recognised the adversity students have faced over the last three years of study and stated that exam boards will be more generous in grading by adapting grade boundaries.
Subject by subject information is available using the following link: Click Here. However, due to the complexity of identifying the courses our students are undertaking we have added the relevant documents below. The documents will be made available on the appropriate Teams channel.
Our subject leaders are reviewing the information provided and have contacted exam boards where further clarification is needed. They will give students additional support regarding what the change means in due course. Ahead of that, and to support revision over the coming weeks, we encourage all parents/carers and students to review the information for the subjects they are taking.
GCSE/AS/A-Level Advanced Information:
Please use the links below to access subject information:
Please note that vocational courses are not included in the DFEs Advanced information. This would include Sports, Performing Arts and Hospitality & Catering courses
Ofqual FAQ regarding Advance information: Click Here
The DfE has decided to implement the policy proposals about changes to the subject content set out in the consultation document. Ofqual has confirmed that it can effectively regulate assessment arrangements for GCSE, AS and A levels in summer 2022 in light of these decisions and will make changes to its regulations where appropriate.
In summary, these decisions mean that for summer 2022:
- There will be optional topics and content in GCSE English literature, history, ancient history and geography. Ofqual will require exam boards to change how they assess these subjects to reflect the expected changes to the way the subject content is assessed, as proposed in the consultation.
- Centres will be allowed to deliver practical work in GCSE biology, chemistry, physics, combined science, geology and astronomy, AS level biology, chemistry, physics and geology, and AS and A level environmental science by demonstration. We would encourage centres to continue to make available hands-on practical activities for their students wherever possible. This does not require changes to the assessment arrangements that the exam boards have in place for each of these specifications.
- Centres will be allowed to assess the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC) across the minimum number of practical activities required to enable students to demonstrate their competence in A level biology, chemistry, physics and geology.
- Exam boards can carry out remote monitoring of centres’ application of the CPAC.
- Students taking GCSE, AS and A level art and design will be assessed on their portfolio only. Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2022 5
- Exam boards will provide advance information about the focus of the content of the exams for all GCSE, AS and A level subjects (except GCSE English literature, history, ancient history and geography) for the summer 2022 exams. The advance information will meet the principles set out in the consultation document.
- The policy intention of providing advance information is that it will support students’ revision. Therefore, the DfE has confirmed that advance information will be provided by 7 February 2022 at the latest. This will enable teachers to plan to adapt their teaching in the second half of the spring term if necessary. DfE has also decided to retain the flexibility for advance information to be deployed at other points ahead of 7 February 2022 if circumstances require. At least a week's notice will be given if it is decided that advance information will be released earlier than 7 February 2022.
- Students will be given a formulae sheet for GCSE mathematics in summer 2022. Exam boards will provide copies of the formulae sheet for use in teaching and to ensure that students are familiar with it prior to the exams. Clean copies of the formulae sheet will be provided in the exams.
- Students will be given a revised equation sheet for GCSE physics and combined science in summer 2022, covering all the equations required in the subject content. Exam boards will provide copies of the equation sheet for use in teaching and to ensure that students are familiar with it prior to the exams. Clean copies of the equation sheet will be provided in the exams.
Ofqual Approach to Grading:
Ofqual has statutory objectives to maintain standards and promote public confidence in exams and qualifications. We also have a duty to have regard to the interests of learners, which we interpret as fairness. We want to get back quickly to the pre-pandemic standard, but in the interests of fairness, and balancing these objectives, we won’t do so in one jump. Instead, 2022 will be a transition year to reflect that we are in a pandemic recovery period and students’ education has been disrupted. In 2022 we will aim, therefore, to reflect a midway point between 2021 and 2019. In 2023 we aim to return to results that are in line with those in pre-pandemic years.
This approach will recognise the disruption experienced by students taking exams in 2022, over their course of study, and so provide a safety net for those who might otherwise just miss out on a higher grade. Results overall will be higher than in 2019, but not as high as in 2020.
As usual, our rules will require exam boards to use a range of qualitative and quantitative evidence so that grade boundaries are set in a way that is as fair as possible for all students, across all subjects and exam boards. Grading is monitored by the experts every step of the way. And, as usual, we will review results for every subject before they are issued.