Exams

Please find a statement from the Department of Education regarding Examinations 2020. We will update you here with any further information as it is published.

Latest News on Exams and Grades

June 2020 Ofqual update on the exams process to date

Y13 BTEC Information 2020

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6614 4 Infographic   Process for awarding GCSEs  AS and A levels summer 2020

BTEC Moderation Process Infographic

 

Welcome to the Examinations Section of the Bishop Justus website. Here you will find information on GCSE, BTEC, A Level and Cambridge National Exams and all of our Awarding Bodies.

 

JCQ

The JCQ provide all schools with the framework within which examinations must be carried out. Alongside the official regulations, are our own school policies (which may differ from other local schools). Any questions can be directed to our Exams Officer at exams@bishopjustus.bromley.sch.uk.

 

AQA  OCRPearson Edexcel Ncfe       Wjec  

 

GCSE Subject Exam Boards

GCSE, Cambridge Nationals and Level 1&2 BTEC

AQA

  • A&D Fine Art
  • A&D Photography
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Further Maths
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Polish
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Edexcel

  • Maths
  • PE
  • Design & Technology
  • History
  • Business
  • BTEC Tech Award Performing  Arts
  • BTEC Level 1 Award  Home Cooking Skills

OCR

  • Computer Science
  • Latin
  • Cambridge National Sport Science

WJEC

  • Drama
  • Geography
  • Media Studies
  • Religious Studies

NCFE

  • Music Technology

A Level Subject Exam Boards

A Level and Level 3 BTEC

AQA

  • A&D Fine Art
  • A&D Graphics
  • A&D Photography
  • A&D 3D Design / Textiles
  • Business
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • EPQ
  • French
  • PE
  • Physics A
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Edexcel

  • Further Maths
  • History
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Politics
  • BTEC Level 3 Business Single
  • BTEC Level 3 Business Double
  • BTEC Level 3 H & SC Single
  • BTEC Level 3 H & SC Double
  • BTEC Level 3 Sport

OCR

  • Biology A
  • Chemistry A
  • Geography

WJEC

  • Drama and Theatre
  • Film Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Religious Studies

JCQ Information for Parents and Candidates 

Ofqual Exam Information

Ofqual

Let’s have a successful exam series

Before the 2020 series of exams gets underway, I would like to draw your attention to some issues we see every year. Most schools and colleges will have an incident-free exam series, but we understand that sometimes things go wrong. We have identified areas where your exams officer might benefit from some extra support to ensure your exams run without a hitch.

Timetable clashes: It can be challenging if there are several timetable clashes, but students must be properly supervised if they are sitting exams at a different time to the rest of the cohort. There is a risk that students’ work might not be accepted by exam boards if there are opportunities for exam security to be breached.

Mobile phones and smart watches: As you know, mobile phones and smart watches must be switched off and stored away from students during exams. Students need to know, in advance, that they must not take these items into the exam hall. We know that exams officers put a lot of work into getting this message across, but still some students do not understand the possible consequences of breaching this rule.

Last year, over 3000 penalties were issued to students for malpractice, of which almost half related to mobile phones and other communication devices, making it by far the most common type of exam malpractice. We have created specific resources to help students and their parents understand the importance of complying with the rules on phones and smart watches, and any extra support you are able to give to communicate this to students will help add weight to the message.

Exam paper leaks: We know that students often take to social media after their exams to voice their views about exam papers, but there have been instances, before exams take place, of individuals claiming to have copies of live questions or papers, and in some cases offering them for sale. I urge you to remind your students not to be distracted by such claims, or to share them. Sharing exam papers or questions, real or fake, could result in disqualification. If you or a student has any reason to believe the security of an exam paper has been compromised please inform the relevant exam board immediately.

Be Exam Smart: This year we are encouraging schools to spread the Be Exam Smart message, to ensure that students know how to avoid exam malpractice.

Visit the Be Exam Smart web page to access information and resources for running a smooth exam series. It includes: digital downloads for your social media channels, classroom preparation and parent communications; a printable poster and checklist; tips on how to keep mobile phones out of exams; useful blogs and student guides.

Disruption to the exam series: We all hope the exam series will run smoothly and not be disrupted by local, regional or national events. However, we do need to be prepared to deal with disruption, should it occur.

You can find information for schools and colleges on how to deal with serious disruption on our website. This includes a link to information from the DfE on how schools and colleges should plan for emergencies.

We recognise schools and colleges might have concerns about the possible impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on the 2020 summer exam series. We routinely consider whether there are particular risks to the smooth running of exams, and we are considering with the exam boards and with the Department for Education whether any additional measures might be needed this year. If so, we will update our existing guidance. In the meantime, your students should continue to prepare for the summer exams as usual.

Thank you for all you and your staff will do over the coming months and I wish you an incident-free and successful exam series.

Yours sincerely,

Collier

 

 

Sally Collier
Chief Regulator

Ofqual
Earlsdon Park, 53-55 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH
www.gov.uk/ofqual
0300 303 3344
public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk

Exam preparation and Ofqual advice - Coronavirus

We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.

Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.

It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.

The latest updates from Ofqual can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/updated-statement-on-coronavirus

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