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NAHT is working to ensure that the curriculum supports the learning, progress and success of all pupils. NAHT supports the principle that a broad and balanced curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

NAHT is campaigning to: 

Support schools to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for their pupils

  • Challenge the government policy, including EBacc, which may narrow the curriculum
  • Enable and support schools to successfully deliver statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education
  • Lobby for improvements to government policy which supports schools to deliver inclusive education and fulfil their responsibilities under the public sector equality duty
  • Support schools to deliver effective careers education for all pupils
  • Support schools to deliver high-quality Religious Education to all pupils
  • Provide guidance, materials and information to support schools in educating pupils about environmental issues.

Ensure a valid and proportionate approach to statutory assessment in primary schools

  • Lobby the government to reconsider the introduction of the multiplication tables check
  • Lobby the government to ensure changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage and Early Learning Goals are appropriate and relevant for the early years sector
  • Influence the development and implementation of the reception baseline assessment
  • Support members to implement the new statutory assessment for pupils with SEND
  • Identify and challenge the STA over any impact on members of the contract change to deliver statutory assessment in the primary phase
  • Engage with the STA to influence changes and improvements to statutory assessment including moderation and maladministration
  • Campaign for KS2 SPAG to be made non-statutory and oppose any additional statutory testing in the primary phase
 

Ensure the KS4 and KS5 qualification framework and examination system is fit for purpose

  • Press the government, Ofqual and exam boards to ensure that reformed qualifications, both academic and vocational, meet the needs of all pupils and schools
  • Explore the issue of grade reliability, identifying solutions and improvements which are supported by members and pressing the government and Ofqual for appropriate action
  • Inform members of the latest developments in secondary assessment through engagement with Ofqual, JCQ and awarding organisations. 

Latest information and updates from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) is a membership organisation comprising the seven largest providers of qualifications in the UK offering GCSE, A level and vocationally related qualifications: AQA, CCEA, City & Guilds, Edexcel, OCR, SQA and WJEC.

JCQ undertakes a wide range of activities, such as the publishing of national GCSE and A level results in August; handling enquiries from examination officers; and publishing advice, guidance and regulations on delivering examinations, including the following:

  • Access arrangements, reasonable adjustments, and special consideration guidance and forms
  • Key exam dates and timetables
  • Malpractice guidance and declaration forms
  • Past GCE and GCSE examination papers
  • Post-results services.  

NAHT meets with the JCQ regularly along with other unions and professional associations, and the JCQ awarding organisations.

To keep up to date with any new guidance, research or information published by JCQ, sign up to their newsletter at this link.

 

Exams and awarding qualifications in summer 2022

The government has announced that exams will go ahead in summer 2022 with a number of mitigations to account for lost learning. If exams are cancelled, qualifications will be awarded through collecting evidence to form a grade.

  • JCQ has published guidance on how to use advanced information for the summer 2022 exam series. Advanced information will be published no later than 7 February 2022.
  • JCQ has published an FAQ document related to the DfE and Ofqual's guidance on contingencies for the summer 2022 series.

 

JCQ appeals guidance for summer 2021

JCQ has published its 2021 appeals guidance which is a helpful guide to the appeals process this summer. It comes alongside a number of useful appendices with templates for various parts of the process as well as guidance covering academic judgements in appeals. You can find the latest JCQ guidance on submitting appeals here

JCQ has published a student guide to appeals to help students to navigate the process alongside a more concise handout to illustrate the process.

For information and guidance from specific awarding organisations please see their respective websites:

First published 18 November 2021