Edexcel Follows OxfordAQA, Exams Cancelled

Pearson Edexcel has cancelled IGCSE and A Level examinations for the summer 2021 season. The news comes just days after the exam board OxfordAQA also cancelled examinations in favour of awarding students with ‘Teacher Assessed Grades’.
Edexcel Follows OxfordAQA, Exams Cancelled
By Jenny Mollon
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More international examinations have been cancelled for the summer 2021 season. In an announcement made today, Pearson Edexcel announced that students due to sit their examinations will now be awarded TAGs or Teacher Assessed Grades.  

The news follows the cancellations of GCSEs and A Levels in England and Wales as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Pearson Edexcel made reference to summer 2021 iGCSEs and A/AS Levels, saying that;

“Today we have confirmed three important updates:

• We will use a robust approach based on teacher assessment for International GCSE and International AS/A Level assessment in May/June 2021 and exams will not go ahead as planned
• We will offer an additional exam series for International GCSE later this year
• The International AS/A Level October exam series will go ahead as planned”.

The news comes soon after OxfordAQA announced that they too would cancel summer 2021 examinations. Of the British curriculum international exam boards, the news just leaves Cambridge Assessment still planning to conduct exams in June 2021. The Cambridge website simply states that;

“We know that our centres are facing different challenges in managing teaching, learning and assessment for our exams in our 2021 exam series. Our priority is delivering exams safely and fairly, allowing learners to progress”.

The International Baccalaureate Organisation and US College Board also plan to go ahead with exams this summer. We will continue to update the site as and when further announcements are made.

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