Last reviewed 16 May 2022

Ofqual’s chief regulator Jo Saxton has written to schools and colleges as they reach the start of the summer series, with exams and formal assessments taking place for the first summer since 2019.

Letter to Heads Ahead of the Start of GCSE, AS and A level Exams, May 2022 can be found here.

With regard to grading, Ms Saxton said: “We want to get back to pre-pandemic grading, but I don’t think it would be fair to do so in one jump. So, in 2022, rather than going straight back to pre-pandemic standards, results will reflect a staging post between 2021 and 2019.”

This means that overall, 2022 results are likely to be higher than in 2019 when summer grades were last determined by exams but lower than were seen in 2021.

To be clear, there is no quota of students that get a particular grade, the regulator conformed.

Turning to the challenges faced by some school and college leaders in recruiting invigilators this year, Ms Saxton has highlighted guidance for centres managing exams in summer 2022, provided by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and available here.

The JCQ has also updated its guide to the special consideration process, which now includes detailed supplementary guidance for centres in relation to this year’s exams and which can be found here.

Finally, the letter from Ms Saxton turns to the question of information for students, drawing attention to Ofqual’s Student Guide to Exams and Formal Assessments in 2021 to 2022.