How should exams be run in 2021?
With Ofqual now consulting on how exams should be run in 2021, we’d like to hear your views on how GCSE’s, AS and A levels should be run next summer.
Ofqual’s consultation opened on Thursday 2 July, seeking views on proposed changes to the way GCSEs, AS and A levels should be examined in summer 2021 and looking at arrangements for non-exam assessments, following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
We know that CAS members will have valuable insights about the proposals, and we would be grateful if you could take part in our short survey on the changes for exams in 2021.
“CAS members will know what will work best for their students and educational settings,” said Niel McLean, Head of Education at BCS.
“We’re want to make sure that our own submission to Ofqual accurately reflects that experience and will be very grateful to everyone who takes a few minutes to complete our survey. It’s vital that we work together to ensure an outcome for computing science students which is both workable and as fair as possible in these challenging circumstances.”
The results will be used to inform our own response to the consultation and will be drawn up in partnership with BCS’ Schools Curriculum and Assessment Committee.
Ofqual’s proposals would free up teaching time and, in some instances, reduce what needs to be taught; as well as take account of any public health restrictions relating to coronavirus that might affect the next academic year.
There are also suggestions which relate to the use of more optional questions in exams, changing the length of exams and the exam timetable.
Please take a few minutes to complete our survey which will be open until Monday July 13. The survey can be found here.
(The full proposals and Ofqual’s consultation document can be read here, where individuals are also able to make their own submissions. Ofqual’s consultation closes on July 16)