Exams 2022: Schools frustrated at contingency plan delay

“By the time these decisions are finalised, we will be halfway through the autumn term.”

School leaders remain frustrated at the time it has taken Ofqual and the Department for Education (DfE) to set out its “Plan B” in case next year’s exams are cancelled due to Covid.

A consultation over contingency plans was published last week and is due to close on October 13. The proposals include asking schools to secure some assessment evidence “early in the academic year” – meaning before Christmas – making the timetable for schools very tight indeed.

The consultation was published as Ofqual set out its plans for grading and adaptations for the summer 2022 GCSE, A and AS level exams (see below)

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