⚠️ COVID-19 and examination update

Updated 22 July 2020 – please read carefully. Now includes Autumn examination timetables for key subjects.

All sessions are currently taking place online, and this will be the case until the start of October at the earliest. When sessions do re-start, the approach will be phased, with students who are struggling most with online sessions prioritised.

To enable you to best prepare for an online session, please visit this page to set up your systems.

⚠️ October and November exams matter ⚠️

The opportunity for students to sit exams in October and November should be treated as a fundamental part of assessment for students this year, and not a backup if the teacher assessment process fails.

This means that any student who was due to sit “high stakes” exams in 2020 should continue to prepare for these examinations.

The examination timetable for Autumn 2020 has now been published. The dates for our key subjects are below.

For other subjects, visit the Pearson Edexcel, AQA or OCR web pages.

It is highly likely that I will need to take more senior roles on these papers due to the effects of Coronavirus, meaning that it is possible that I will be involved in the marking of up to 15 different papers in a very tight window.
This is likely to necessitate adjusting the frequency / timing of your tuition sessions in the period between October and Christmas.
It may therefore be advantageous for those students preparing for exams in 2021 to book additional sessions to take place between now and October, so that you are well prepared for your mock exams in January.

Frequently Asked Questions:

➡️  If students are unhappy with a grade do they have to take all their exams in the autumn or can they just take exams in the subject they are unhappy with?

Students will not have to sit exams in all subjects in the autumn. They may take exams in as few subjects as they would like to. If a student wishes to take exams in a particular subject in the autumn, they will need to take all the exam papers in that subject.

➡️  Will students choosing to take an exam this autumn still be able to go to university this year?

Students may still choose to take an exam even where their university or college place has been confirmed. However, it will take time for the results of these exams to be issued, so they will need to discuss with their higher and further education institution whether to start their course as planned or to delay their entry.

➡️  If students take an exam this autumn, which will stand – the exam or centre assessment grade?

Students will be able to use the higher of the two grades for future progression.

‼️ It is very important to make sure that you continue to study so that you are ready to take these exams if needed ‼️

If you need any help or support, please do get in touch, and we will put a personalised plan in place for you.

If you are preparing for exams in 2021, it is likely that you will need to self-study some topics, as with two terms fewer at school, there will not be sufficient time to complete your course prior to your exams. Of course, I can cover these with you, but it is important to look at them now, rather than February next year when you’ve run out of time!

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email to your usual contact address.