SFCA responds to Ofqual arrangements for 2020 summer examsBack
Responding to the plans set out by Ofqual today, Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association said:
“Sixth form colleges will be pleased that the professionalism and expertise of teachers lie at the heart of these proposals. Ofqual has set out the fairest possible way to award A level and GCSE grades in the absence of summer exams. However, there are inevitably going to be winners and losers this year because no one system can meet the needs of every centre and every young person. There are some important matters still to be addressed for the future, particularly the prospect of a full Autumn exam season. Some of the proposals in the newly-published consultation on this subject will present significant practical challenges to students and teachers – particularly the plan to offer a resit in every subject. Looking further ahead, the exams in Summer 2021 are not going to escape unscathed, as students’ learning has been interrupted and it will be difficult to cover every element of the syllabus in these difficult times. Ofqual has done an good job so far, but students are going to need careful guidance and support as they face their future”.