You will be aware that the Department for Education (DfE) announced this week that GCSE exams will go ahead as planned next summer. However, teachers and pupils will be given more time to prepare for them, to make up for the disruption caused by the enforced closure of schools in the last academic year.
The summer GCSE exam series are now timetabled to start on 7 June and end on 2 July.
The exception to this is one GCSE English and one GCSE maths paper which will be scheduled before the May half term, to give any pupils affected by Covid during this period the best chance of being able to sit at least one paper in these two qualifications.
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) will shortly be consulting on a provisional version of the new exam timetable for summer 2021. There will also be adjustments to the timetable for Vocational and Technical Qualifications.
Results day for GCSEs will be a little later than usual - on Friday 27 August.
Exam boards will be working hard to deliver results to this schedule and will be working closely with each other, Ofqual and the DfE on contingency plans for students and schools affected by Covid.