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Latest updates and information from Ofqual

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and NAHT meet with Ofqual regularly.

Arrangements for awarding qualifications in 2022

All publications related to awarding qualifications in 2022 can be found here.

  • Ofqual and the DfE have published their response to the consultation on adaptations to GCSE, AS and A level exams in 2022. Advanced notice of exam topics will be published on 7 February 2022 at the latest.
  • Ofqual has announced its approach to grading in 2022. The aim is to return to a pre-pandemic grade profile in two steps with 2022 being a transition year with grading at a midpoint between 2021 and 2019.
  • Ofqual has published its response to the consultation on arrangements for non-exam assessment (NEA) and fieldwork requirements for students entering qualifications in 2022.
  • Ofqual has also published its response to the consultation on awarding VTQs in 2022, which confirms that exams will go ahead. You can find the detail of this consultation here.
  • Ofqual has published guidance for centres on the awarding of VTQs in 2022.
  • Ofqual and the DfE have published guidance relating to contingency arrangements for the 2022 exam series. If exams are cancelled, grades will be awarded by using evidence collected throughout the year to inform a holistic centre awarded grade. Further details about contingency arrangements will be published later in the year.

2021 appeals and the autumn exam series

  • Information on centre reviews and appeals has been published by JCQ.
  • You can find more information about key dates for the autumn series here.
  • Information regarding entries to the autumn series can be found through individual awarding organisations (OCRAQAPearsonWJEC)
  • The DfE has confirmed the Exam Support Service will be available later this year to provide support for exam fees, the cost of additional venue capacity, additional invigilators and additional invigilator training. You can find more information about this here.

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If you need to get in touch with Ofqual regarding a complaint, you can find their complaints procedure here.​

First published 18 November 2021