Exams: Schools reserve judgement on utility of advance information

With GCSEs and A levels all but certain to take place this summer, schools are rushing to get to grips with advance information on exam content after it was finally published by Ofqual.

School leaders have warned that given the complex nature of the advance information and differing approaches from subject to subject, it will be some days before we know whether if the measures are sufficient to address the disruption to exam students’ education during the pandemic.

Others have said the information comes too late should any of the topics on the list have not been studied due to Covid disruption and staff or pupil absence.

The National Education Union said that this was always the “flaw” in producing advanced information to aid revision but not teaching and learning in the first place.

Some exam content, texts, topics and sub-topics, themes and skills due to be assessed have been made available for the majority of GCSE, AS and A level subjects.

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