Ofqual: Consultation on an additional GCSE, AS and A level exam series in autumn 2020

ASCL response to Ofqual's consultation on an additional GCSE, AS and A level exam series in autumn 2020. 
The proposal to run a complete series at GCSE, AS and A level across all awarding organisations is disproportionate, although we are mindful of the needs of candidates who have been disadvantaged by the centre-assessed grades process.

There is a stronger case to run A levels than GCSEs because of their significance to candidates over time. We see no case to run AS levels.

There are many risks involved, including disproportionate costs for few candidates, difficulties of awarding and setting standards and logistics around where the exams would be taken.

We believe the plan to remove non-examined assessment completely changes the nature of subjects where this is key, and will disadvantage some groups of students. We do not believe that it is necessary to use new tasks in art and design.

There are unresolved questions about funding the autumn series overall and whether candidates should pay a fee. An extensive an autumn series diminishes any refund due to schools and colleges arising from reduced costs this summer.

Full response to consultation