Cancelled exams: Consultation to probe using 'externally set tasks or papers' to help teacher-assessed grading

A rapid two-week consultation over the awarding of this year’s cancelled GCSE, A level and other vocational examinations is to be published imminently.

The joint consultation will be run by the Department for Education (DfE) and exams watchdog Ofqual, education secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed.

In a letter to Ofqual’s chief regulator Simon Lebus, published by the DfE on Wednesday (January 13), Mr Williamson said we can expect the consultation to be published in the coming days and to run for a fortnight.

In the letter, Mr Williamson reiterates his view given in Parliament last week that grades should be awarded based on teacher assessment and not an algorithm.

He adds: “It is my view that a teacher’s final judgement on a student’s grade ought to be as late as possible in the academic year to maximise remaining teaching time and ensure students are motivated to remain engaged in education.

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