Speak out on next year’s exams


Ofqual wants your views on how to run next year’s exams.

Solutions being considered include:

  • advance notice of exam content
  • choice of topics in some subjects
  • formulae and equation sheets for GCSE maths, physics and combined science
  • changing requirements for some practical assessments.


The purpose of building this flexibility into qualifications was to ‘future-proof them against any public health crisis’, said Interim Chief Regulator Simon Rebus.

You have until 1 August to reply.

The ASCL criticised the plans for failing to include a back-up plan for if exams have to be cancelled again.


Appeals deluge expected

Meanwhile the union’s General Secretary Geoff Barton told MPs this week that schools are expected huge numbers of appeals this summer, as some parents are threatening to involve lawyers in grading disputes.


Extended school day ‘on agenda’, says PM


At a meeting of the Commons Liaison Committee, prime minister Boris Johnson criticised the work of his former catch-up Czar Sir Kevan Collins for not being ambitious enough. Mr Johnson also said he thought extending the school day was ‘the right thing to do’ to help pupils catch up on lost learning. This measure was not included in the £1.4bn recovery package the DfE announced last month.


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