Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the national lockdown on 4 January 2021, the government announced exams this year would not go ahead as planned.
Today, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, sent a letter to Simon Lebus, Ofqual’s Chief Regulator. This letter outlines the process to agree alternative arrangements for exams in 2021 and confirms that this year the government will be trusting teachers to assess students’ grades and will not be making use of an algorithm.
A response to this letter has also been published. It confirms Ofqual’s agreement to work with the Department for Education and others across the sector to put in place the fairest possible alternative arrangements.