Important Updates on May/June 2020 examination session – COVID 19 situation:

22 April 2020

Cambridge International Announcement 

We are aware that it is our duty to constantly update schools, parents and students with new announcements regularly. The British Council together with the awarding bodies are working rigorously to make sure schools, parents and students are updated regularly with all new announcements. 

Cambridge International has recently shared an important update online. The update provides further information concerning the following: carrying forward results from Cambridge International qualifications including Cambridge International AS Level; Cambridge ICE extension; and more support for schools.

Please read the full announcement on Cambridge International website

15 April 2020

The British Council is working closely with awarding bodies in the UK to understand the principals of the grading system, the types of evidence required and the options that exams candidates will have during May/June 2020.

For the most recent announcements by the awarding bodies please see below.

14 April 2020

 The British Council together with the awarding bodies is determined to keep schools, parents and students continuously updates with important announcements. OxfordAQA stresses that they are doing everything to support schools and students through this tough time, confirming that their first and foremost concern is the health and safety of students and staff.

 Based on this, on the 24th of March OxfordAQA has confirmed that they would not be holding May/June 2020 exams. Based on a set of regulations OxfordAQA, following the guidelines of Ofqual, will be awarding grades to students. Please view the full Guidance document for more information about all aspects of centre assessment of grades and rank ordering.

 Will students see the centre assessment grades their school or college submits?

Centres must not, under any circumstances, share the centre assessment grades or the rank order of students with students, their parents/carers or any other individuals outside the centre, before the final results have been issued. 

The final grades for some students in a centre could be different from those submitted and we also want to protect the integrity of teachers' judgements, and to avoid teachers, Heads of Department, senior leaders or Heads of Centre being put under pressure to submit a grade that is not supported by the evidence.

What qualifications will be awarded a grade?

Our focus is on ensuring that students can progress in their education. Most students at approved or attached OxfordAQA centres who have been entered for a qualification (ie certificating students) will be eligible to be awarded a grade.   

Unfortunately, we may not be able to offer calculated grades for individual AS or A-level units if there is insufficient evidence to substantiate a grade. We will provide further information on this as soon as we can.

We are waiting for further guidance from Ofqual as to whether GCSE students who are not in year 11 (or the equivalent year in their country) can be awarded a grade.

Should I withdraw my entries and enter another series?

Your students can still receive a grade and a certificate for this series. However, we understand your students may prefer to sit an exam when schools are open again. If this is the case, you will need to make entries in the normal way when the entry window opens for the series.

If you would like to withdraw an entry for this series, please let us know by withdrawing the entry from e-AQA before 21st April 2020 and we will arrange a credit note. If you are a British Council attached centre, please contact your local British Council office to withdraw your entries. 

When will students get their results?

We are working hard to make sure we can get results out as soon as is possible. We will let you know the dates as soon as we can.

 Please review the full board announcement here.

 The British Council together with the awarding bodies will continue to support all associate centres.

5 April 2020 

Pearson Edexcel

Pearson Edexcel is working closely with the rest of the examination board members and drawing on their collective wealth of expertise in assessment and education to find a solution for schools and students worldwide. As always, Pearson Edexcel will award grades to international students guided by the principles set out by Ofqual, the regulator for awarding bodies offering qualifications in England. Today, Ofqual has announced further information about how GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded this summer, which you can find here.

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. For this summer’s awards, schools and colleges are being asked to provide centre assessment grades for their students. These should be fair, objective and carefully considered judgements of the grades schools and colleges believe their students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams, and should take into account the full range of available evidence.

Professional teacher judgements will be taken into account, a wide range of evidence will be used and there will be a clear appeals process. Students that prefer to sit a paper for certain qualifications later in the year will also have the opportunity to do so.

We are currently in talks with Pearson so we can understand the criteria, evidence options and appeals process better and will be in direct contact with the schools to clarify any queries and assist them in gathering evidence and supporting students as they attempt to grade them

For more information please visit Pearson Edexcel website.

7 April 2020 

Cambridge International

During this critical time, the British Council, together with the awarding bodies, are working rigorously to make sure schools, parents and students are updated regularly with all new announcements. 

Cambridge International stresses that it prioritizes first and foremost the health and safety of students and staff, while guaranteeing the fairness of the process through which students will be awarded grades for May/June 2020 examination session.

Cambridge International identified four steps to provide students with fair grades using alternative assessment methods, so students could get on with their educational journeys as soon as possible.

Cambridge International developed this approach through engaging with different entities worldwide, including other awarding bodies, governments and universities. Cambridge have also engaged with the UK government’s exams regulator, Ofqual, which has developed a similar process for the GCSEs and A Levels taken by schools in England.

This process is for awarding grades to candidates entered for Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level, Cambridge International AS & A Level, Cambridge IPQ or Cambridge Pre-U syllabuses in the June 2020 series.

2 April 2020 –  Update

Cambridge International

The British Council and Cambridge International continue working together to support schools all over the world in light of the COVID-19 outbreak (coronavirus), and to resolve the current situation for candidates. 

As stated in the previous announcement, Cambridge International will award grades to students who registered for the below-mentioned qualifications and who are registered in May/June 2020 examination session. Cambridge International has stressed it will ensure that all students worldwide are treated as fairly as possible, as part of the values of quality and integrity Cambridge is well known for.

Last night, Cambridge International announced their approach towards grading. They will be ask schools to collaborate with Cambridge as the Exam Board makes evidence-based decisions about the grades of each candidate, in each subject, and schools will support in identifying and gathering this evidence. This applies to all subjects that candidates have entered for in the May/June 2020 exam series for

  • Cambridge IGCSE, 
  • Cambridge O Level, 
  • Cambridge International AS & A Level and 
  • Cambridge Pre-U. 

Schools will be asked to consider what evidence to gather to support these decisions. 

Evidence shall consist of examples of work that candidates undertook to prepare for their May/ June 2020 exams. It can include but will not be limited to: 

  • mock exams 
  • coursework (complete or incomplete) 
  • assignments 
  • AS Level results for ‘staged-route’ A Level candidates 
  • grades in previous sittings for candidates re-taking exams 

For more information visit Cambridge International website.

It should be noted that mock exam results are just one of several pieces of evidence to consider. Cambridge knows students work very hard between mock exams and the actual exam, and performances can improve, therefore mock exam grades will not alone decide the final grade.

Schools can still continue to set assignments to candidates to support ongoing teaching and learning while they are at home. Schools do not need to set new mock papers, assignments or ask candidates to complete unfinished coursework for the purposes of gathering evidence. However, if schools are able to, and feel this would help with their evidence then schools are free to do so.

24 March announcement

OxfordAQA

British Council alongside the Exam Boards are committed to the safety and security of UK qualification students. 

In light of recent developments, OxfordAQA believe the best way to ensure all students have the same opportunity to receive a fair assessment is to offer everyone the same option – so OxfordAQA are cancelling the May/June international GCSE and A-level exam series and offering all students a calculated grade. This will help ensure that the school community remains safe and well, while enabling students to progress to the next stage of their education

At the moment, the process for calculating grades is being developed and further information and evidence will be shared soon by OxfordAQA. Students will receive a graded certificate as usual and universities around the world will recognise the qualifications issued this year as usual.

During this tough time, the British Council and OxfordAQA are working together to make sure we support all students in the best way possible.

We care about you and your families, so please stay at home and take necessary precautions.

If you have questions please download the FAQ's document here and for further information please contact your school, or e-mail us on information@britishcouncil.org.eg

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