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The regulations for VTQs and other generals in 2021 to 22: what they mean for you

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Exams and assessments are the fairest way for students to evidence what they know and can do. Whilst it wasn’t possible for all exams and assessments to go ahead during 2020-21, due to the pandemic, it is the government’s intention …

More than half a million functional skills qualifications taken despite pandemic

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Awarding organisations, colleges, training providers, schools and employers have been working hard to offer functional skills assessments that are safe and convenient for learners throughout the pandemic. This is incredibly important for learners hoping to complete an apprenticeship or progress …

Managing worries around results day – some strategies that might help

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When we talk about worry around exams, we often focus on the exams themselves, or the process of revision and can forget that waiting to receive your results and results day itself can be just as worrying. This may be …

What students, teachers, parents and carers think and feel about assessments this year in the wake of the pandemic

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Foreword by Paul Newton, Ofqual Research Chair. Ofqual has a statutory duty to promote public confidence in regulated qualifications, which means that we need to listen carefully to what people think and feel about them. Never has this obligation been …

VTQ awarding in 2021 - providing clarity for colleges and training providers

As we all know, awarding for some vocational, technical and other general qualifications (VTQs) is going to be different in 2021. The ongoing effects of the pandemic mean that assessment, awarding, and even results days will continue to be far …

Teacher judgements in 2021: what we can learn from 2020

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Last year we spoke to staff in schools and colleges after they had submitted their Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs) and rank orders for summer 2020 GCSE, AS and A levels, as well as for many vocational qualifications. We interviewed over …

Quality assurance for GCSE, AS and A level: information for schools and colleges

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This summer, with exams cancelled, the quality assurance (QA) process for qualifications in England is different from the usual moderation process. This is a guide to what schools and colleges can expect.

Feeling worried about grades this year is understandable. Here are some things that might help…

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An article for students from Professor Kevin Woods and psychologists at Manchester University.   A few weeks ago, schools and colleges opened their doors again to all students. In many ways, it’s “back to normal” but some things are still …