From our Chief Executive Jill Duffy:
The last few weeks have been unsettling and hard for teachers and for students who will be anxious about the cancellation of exams this summer. Our priority is supporting you and supporting your students to progress.
On Friday 20 March, the government provided more guidance on how grades would be calculated. We’ve summarised this advice below. We know you have questions that still need answering and we are working closely with our regulator Ofqual and with the DfE to get answers for you. We’ll share these with you as soon as we can so you have more clarity.
The principle we will follow is that students get grades that fairly reflect the work they have put in. This must apply consistently to every qualification, from GCSEs and A Levels to our vocational qualifications, which include Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals.
To support you in the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing further updates from Ofqual and the DfE as soon as we get them. We’ll also be sending you a weekly roundup of news so you won’t miss anything. We’re also expanding the ‘coronavirus advice’ section on our website with fresh information whenever we can and with relevant resources, including a frequently asked questions (FAQs) page, which we will keep updated.
We know this is a difficult time for schools and colleges to operate and we want to make sure our communications with you are as open and clear as possible, particularly when important updates are coming out. If you haven’t already provided us with an email that is accessible at home as well as at school, please do so here.
Above all, we’d like to say thanks for your flexibility and patience at this uncertain time. We’ll be with you in the weeks and months ahead, so all your hard work is recognised and your students can progress with the qualifications they deserve.
20 March 2020 update
We’re committed to supporting schools and colleges and students through this challenging time. As you know, exams this summer have been cancelled due to coronavirus. Our aim is to help all students to progress.
Today, we’ve heard more from the DfE. We know it’s a busy day so we’ve summarised the key details for you here:
18 March 2020 update
The Department for Education has today made an important announcement confirming 'no secondary exams this summer'. Our regulator, Ofqual, has also provided a statement. We're working hard to provide you with more details as soon as possible and we're committed to supporting students to progress to the next stage of their lives.
6 March 2020 update
We are working closely with the other major exam boards, our regulator Ofqual and with the DfE, to monitor the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. We regularly review risks to the smooth running of exams and this includes the potential impact of coronavirus on those taking and administering exams. Ofqual's current advice is that “Our advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.”.
Information about contingency planning is available here. More detailed advice for schools and colleges on coronavirus is also available from Public Health England.
This is a fast-moving issue and we will share updated guidance with you.