GCSE and A-level 2022 exams grading plan will be confirmed in October, says Ofqual

A decision on how exams will be graded in 2022 will be announced next month, Ofqual has said.

Ofqual chair Ian Bauckham told the Parliamentary education committee this morning that the regulator would confirm grading arrangements in October.

But the outcome of a consultation on modifications to assessments next year is still potentially weeks away, despite a stated aim to confirm decisions by “early September”.

The official consultation, launched July, stated that the government and Ofqual were “aiming to announce our decisions by early September”, with a decision on grading also coming in the autumn.

Bauckham acknowledged in May that teachers “need to know” of any “significant” changes before the start of the academic year.

But Ofqual would only confirm today that the outcome of the consultation would be published “in the next couple of weeks”.

Ministers have confirmed they want to see formal exams go ahead next year following their cancellation in 2020 and 2021, but with some adaptations aimed at making them fairer to pupils who have missed out on parts of their education.

Ofqual and the Department for Education launched a consultation in July on these adaptations, including a choice of topics for some GCSEs and advance information about content in most subjects.

The consultation closed on August 1, leaving schools waiting for confirmation that the proposals will be implemented.

Ofqual confirmed the arrangements for vocational and technical qualification exams for 2021/22 last month.


This story has been updated after Ofqual clarified that Ian Bauckham was talking only about the grading decision when he told the committee plans would be confirmed in October.

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  1. Due to the covid-19 pandemic is was hard for our students to carry on their studies effectively. if we take 2020 A level batch of students, they had to go through only months of online learning and if we take 2021 batch of A level students, they had to go through only 1 year of online learning. Besides both when we take 2022 A level batch students, they had to go through 2 years of online learning and maybe 4 months will add next year. Think which batch is affected most. Honestly to say online learning is not effective and many students complain there are many signal issues and other network issues occurring during their classes so they can’t understand what their teachers said. Moreover there can be many students who didn’t have a proper device to join their online classes. So do you think they are ready to face this examination that will change their whole life in 7 months? Personally i don’t think so. well, think about a student she/he studied and worked hard for this exam 1/2 years think that child got affected by the virus, where will all the hard work go? That child will also not be able to enter the examination hall. So kindly requesting please think about these children. I know exams are the fairest way to assess children. But, its not the same like before. This virus affected the whole world very hardly. Hope that you all will think about these children and make a fair decision but in my opinion majority of students might not be ready for this life changing exam. This can affect their whole future.