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Summer 2022 exam arrangements - our comment

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Commenting on today’s announcements, Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, said:

“SFCA welcomes these decisions and the degree of both clarity and flexibility they contain. The plan to publish exam results later in August, as was traditionally the case, rather than the pandemic-era’s early August, will ensure that young people can receive the care and guidance they need at important transition points in their education. Students in Years 11 and 13 have experienced significant disruption to their learning over the last year and a half – but that disruption has not been the same for every student; and this unevenness makes it hard to ensure that students who have suffered most through lockdown and online learning are not penalised the most in next summer’s assessment and grading. The DfE and Ofqual seem to have got this right, with the plan to reduce the content in some subjects and give advance notice of topics in other subjects, and with the decision to delay the return of grade boundaries to 2019 levels. Of course, it will be important to emphasise the role of expert human beings in the grading exercise and to avoid any concerns about inappropriate uses of computer algorithms.”

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