By Gavin Mackintosh-
Ofqual are consulting on the arrangements for non-exam assessment (NEA) and fieldwork activities in some GCSE, AS and A level subjects that will be undertaken by students taking exams in summer 2022.
The regulator said it is making our proposal in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The regulator said it was seeking views on our proposal to carry forward changes agreed for summer 2021 for some subjects to take account of any public health restrictions relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) that might be in place during the next academic year.
This consultation covers non-exam assessments in a number of subjects in which a complete elimination of exams is being considered. The subjects include dance, design and technology, drama (and theatre), film studies, food preparation and nutrition.
It also includes media studies, music, music technology, and physical education (PE) fieldwork activities in geography, geology and environmental science assessment of speaking skills in GCSE modern foreign languages (MFL), assessment of spoken language in GCSE English language.
Ofsted are seeking views specifically on arrangements for the GCSE, AS and A level subjects set out above, and would invite respondents to confine responses to this consultation to those subjects only.
The proposals will put less pressure on pupils in those particular subjects if they don’t have to sit exams. The only downside is that there will be evidence to suggest that pupils would not be getting their parents or tutors to help them with the assessment.