Students who are not happy with the GCSE and A-level grades they are awarded this summer will be able to sit exams in all subjects in the autumn.
This summer’s exams were cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak and school closures, and so students’ results will be based on teacher assessment.
Now England’s exams regulator, Ofqual, says a “full suite”of exams – not just core subjects – will be available.
But head teachers are concerned about the practicalities of the announcement.
They say accommodating a full set of autumn exams alongside getting all pupils back to school in September will be a “huge challenge”.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Ofqual said students would be awarded calculated grades this summer, “giving them the opportunity to move on to further study or employment, despite the cancellation of exams”.
“Students will be able to appeal – through their school or college – if they believe the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case; and centres themselves can appeal if they believe something systemic has gone wrong in relation to their results.
“Any student unable to receive a calculated result, and others who would like to improve their grades, will have an opportunity to take the full suite of GCSE, AS and A-level exams in the autumn.”
The watchdog says that following the autumn exam season, exam boards will have to issue replacement certificates for the summer results – “if students request this”, meaning students can keep the summer grade if it is higher.
Boards will also be expected to have the usual arrangements for reviews of marking and appeals. (Source: BBC News online)