GCSE and A Level Examinations 2021
Education Minister, Kirsty Williams has announced that there will be no end of year exams for learners taking GCSEs, AS levels or A levels. Instead, grades will be based on teacher-managed external assessments and controlled assessments.
The Minister said Welsh Government would work with teachers to take forward teacher-managed assessments and that they should include assessments that will be externally set and marked, but delivered within a classroom environment under teacher supervision. Teachers would have flexibility when it is best to undertake them, starting in the second half of the spring term.
As a school, we have not received more information than what has been released in the press and we have many unanswered questions. Further discussions will take place during December and detailed guidelines and material will be sent to schools early in the spring term. As a school, we will be pressing for further guidance in order to allow us to plan internal assessment, set coursework deadlines and arrange mock exams as soon as possible. In the meantime we shall continue to deliver the revised specifications and ensure the highest standard of teaching and learning.
UPDATE - 24/11/20
Qualifications Wales has confirmed that January 2021 GCSE external exams (including Welsh and English literature) have been cancelled.