Covid-19 Updates

Summer 2021 Exams (Updated 09/03/2021)

GCSE and A level Assessment in 2021

Ofqual have now released their report on summer 2021 assessment. Unfortunately, a great deal about the assessment is still not clear and all centres now have to wait for the exam boards to issue further guidelines due on the 29th of March.

We can confirm that the Oxford Open Learning Trust will be able to make entries for our students and this will start on 9th of March for anyone who wishes to be assessed by the Oxford Open Learning Trust. Please ring into our Student Advice Team on 0800 9757575. A table of entry and assessment fees for our students can be found here.

IGCSE Assessment in 2021

Edexcel have announced that they will

“…align the evidence-based approach for international qualifications with the approach for UK qualifications, as far as it is sensible to do so.”

This is the link for the full announcement – summer-2021-exam-support

This could mean that some centres will be offering a test based method of assessment. Oxford Open Learning will be aiming to use the assessments in a more holistic manner contributing to a basket of evidence. We are seeking more guidance on this.

What you should do next

If you don’t already have an exam entry

If you do not have an exam entry, we recommend that you book with us, before the current entry deadline of the 19th of March.

If you have an entry with our exams partner, Tutors and Exams, stay with Tutors and Exams and we will work together to provide your assessment.  If you have yet to inform us that you have made an exam entry with Tutors and Exams please do so by calling 08009757575.

If you have already made an entry with another centre you will need to either withdraw, which most centres are prepared to do at this point and re-enrol with us, or you should confirm you are able to comply with how your centre intends to assess you. Before taking any action please speak to your centre.  Any centre which requires input from the Oxford Open Learning Trust should contact us to discuss this.

IGCSE Assessment in 2021

Edexcel have announced that they will

“…align the evidence-based approach for international qualifications with the approach for UK qualifications, as far as it is sensible to do so.”

This is the link for the full announcement – summer-2021-exam-support

This could mean that some centres will be offering a test based method of assessment. Oxford Open Learning will be aiming to use the assessments in a more holistic manner contributing to a basket of evidence. We are seeking more guidance on this.

And Finally

Oxford Home Schooling staff are working incredibly hard and diligently for you throughout this pandemic. They haven’t stopped since last February!

Our staff do not know any more than the information provided here. They are working under incredibly difficult circumstances, some from home, some from work.

We are acutely aware that the decision to cancel exams for the 2nd year running is extremely stressful for all parents/carers and learners.  Many of you are anxious and are looking for clarity as to what happens next.  As we are too! But please remember it is not our decision as to whether examinations take place or not, we are only acting on the instructions of the Awarding Bodies and Ofqual. We understand the importance of these qualifications to you and we’re here for you again this Summer, that you can be sure of.

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