Milton Keynes residents invited to give their thoughts on proposed changes to GCSE/A Level exams in summer 2022

    As part of a joint consultation by the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual, members of the public are being asked to give their thoughts on a number of proposed changes to next year's exam season.

    The proposals are being made due to the COVID-19 pandemic heavily disrupting education during the current (2020 to 2021) and previous (2019 to 2020) academic years.

    The consultation covers the arrangements for exams and assessments to be taken in summer 2022, in light of the disruption and uncertainty about the coming academic year.

    In 2021, the government concluded that it would not be fair for exams to go ahead as planned once schools and colleges closed to the majority of students again in January 2021.

    Students due to be entered for their qualifications in summer 2022 have also experienced considerable disruption to their education during this and the last academic year. 

    The consultation is issuing several measures to help negate the impact of disruption to students’ learning. The government is currently proposing the following:

    • giving a choice of topics in GCSE English literature, history, ancient history and choice of content in GCSE geography
    • changing the requirements for the delivery of practical activities in science subjects, and assessment in art and design
    • the provision of advance information on the focus of the content of exams, in the majority of subjects at GCSE, AS and A level
    • the provision of support materials in GCSE mathematics, physics and combined science exams

    The consultation will be open for 3 weeks starting on 12 July 2021 and ending on 1 August 2021 at 11:45pm. The responses will be used in

    For more information on the changes and to give your views, please click here.

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