Summer exams are cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Following the announcement made by Welsh Government and regulator Qualifications Wales on Wednesday March 18, you will already be aware of the decision not to proceed with examinations in Wales this summer.
We know that you may have many questions about what happens next, including how learners will be graded this year, and whilst we don’t have all the answers yet, Qualifications Wales and the WJEC are working together to establish the fairest way to issue grades for GCSE, A level and Skills Challenge Certificate qualifications.
They have given us the following information on their approach:
- Grades for GCSE and A level qualifications in 2020 will be calculated using a range of evidence. They will be based on a combination of factors which may include marks for work completed to date, for example AS results for A level grades, and standardised teacher assessed grades.
- Teacher assessed grades will be based on what teachers would expect a learner to achieve at the end of the course. They need to represent a fair, reasonable and carefully considered judgement of the most likely grade that might be achieved in normal circumstances. This is a professional judgement based on the combined assessment information held for that learner and will be a holistic judgement rather than focusing on a single source of evidence like mock examinations. These are not target grades or aspirational grades and are not related to performance measures, which have been suspended for this year by Welsh Government.
- Given the clear importance of GCSE, A level and Skills Challenge Certificate results for progress in education, work and life, they are prioritising these qualifications.
- They are not planning to issue grades for AS Levels or for unit assessments taken by Year 10 learners in the same way. For those learners, they are looking at a variety of options, including the opportunity to sit exams in subsequent exam series. They will share more detail on those plans as soon as they can.
- They are still considering the fairest way to issue grades for learners who are studying qualifications other than GCSEs and A Levels. Most vocational qualifications are offered across the UK, so they are working with fellow regulators, exam boards and governments across the UK to ensure consistency. They will share more detail on those plans as soon as possible.
- An important part of their efforts to coordinate activities will be to agree the dates on which results will be released.
As this is a rapidly evolving situation, please click here to access the most up to date information from the Welsh Government, WJEC and our other partners in the education regarding school closures and examinations.