Assessment & Awarding Arrangements 2021

Communication to Customers—Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: 09 July 2021

Summer 2021 – Guidance in Preparing to Issue Results

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We'll be supporting you and your learners every step of the way with the 2021 summer arrangements and this interim update provides you with some key reminders on dates and guidance available to you.

For EAL’s Performance Table qualifications, listed below, we have aligned the results dates to those for General qualifications.  This means the window for results to be released is 10 August to 12 August 2021.

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Guidance documents following Ofqual VCRF

Last week we provided you with information following the publication of Ofqual’s regulatory framework, VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF), providing our preliminary guidance on the approach to categorising and awarding qualifications in 2021.

We understand that it has been a disruptive period for centres and learners for some time and we have been working intensively over recent days with the regulators and other awarding organisations to agree our approach to awarding. 

We are communicating the detailed guidance as quickly as possible before the Easter break to give you as much time as possible to get plans in place. 

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Ofqual Introduce New Regulatory Framework

Ofqual has today published its decisions following the technical consultation to introduce a new regulatory framework called the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF). This permits awarding organisations to award results when exams do not take place and/or because learners cannot complete all internal assessments. These provisions will apply to those qualifications identified by the Department for Education in their Direction issued to Ofqual.  

While the consultation has been underway, we have been working with Ofqual and other Awarding Organisations (AOs) to ensure that the categories we assign to our qualifications consider the purpose of the qualification, and where we offer similar qualifications to other AOs, we are aligned in our approach where possible. To support Centres plan their delivery arrangements we have shared on our website the categories we have assigned to our qualifications.  

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