The government in England is confident that exams will take place for GCSE, AS and A-level students due to sit them in summer 2022. For the last two academic years, exams were cancelled and teacher assessed grades (TAGs) were used instead to determine pupils' final results. However, given that exams were meant to happen in summer 2021 and were cancelled because of the pandemic, the government is proposing contingency measures in case the same thing happens again next year.
Plans for what will happen if exams are cancelled in 2022
The government has set out how TAGs will replace formal exams again next year (just as they did in 2021) in the event of further coronavirus disruption. The Department for Education (DfE) and the exams regulator Ofqual are now consulting on this 'Plan B', and it's important to hear what parents think about it. Our short survey also asks if parents would prefer their child to be awarded their grades based on the 'Plan A' of formal exams, or if they would prefer the 'Plan B' of TAGs that will only be used as a last resort.
Who is eligible?
We are asking parents who have a school-aged child in England who is currently studying for their GCSEs or A-levels to take the short poll and give their views (i.e. those with children in school years 10-13).
What will happen to the results?
Parentkind will use parent voice evidence from the poll to respond to the consultation and ensure that policymakers hear what parents think about their back-up plans for exams in summer 2022.