GCSE Exams Contingency Day 2020

Dear Parents,

We would like to make you aware that the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) in conjunction with the awarding bodies, have added a ‘contingency day’ date to the GCSE calendar in case of major national or local disruption to exams and exams may be moved to this date if required.

The date that has been designated is Wednesday 24th June 2020 which will be after the end of the scheduled GCSE period.

Please be aware that if the contingency date is used, your child may have an exam/s moved to this day and therefore care should be taken before making arrangements such as booking holidays after the GCSE’s.

The full text from the JCQ is detailed below. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Kind Regards,
Mrs V Fraher
Exams Officer
Test Valley School

“The designation of a ‘contingency day’ within the common examination timetable is in the event of national or local disruption to examinations. It is part of the awarding bodies’ standard contingency planning for examinations.

The awarding bodies have designated Wednesday 24 June 2020 as a ‘contingency day’ for examinations. This is consistent with the qualification regulators’ document Exam system contingency plan: England, Wales and Northern Ireland – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/examsystem-contingency-plan-england-wales-and-northern-ireland.

In the highly unlikely event that there is national disruption to a day of examinations in summer 2020, the awarding bodies will liaise with the qualification regulators and the DfE to agree the most appropriate option for managing the impact. As a last resort the affected examinations will be rescheduled. Although every effort would be taken to keep the impact to a minimum, it is possible that there could be more than one timetable date affected following the disruption, up to and including the contingency day on 24 June 2020.

Centres will be alerted if it was agreed to reschedule the examinations and the affected candidates will be expected to make themselves available in such circumstances. The decision regarding the re-scheduling of examinations will always rest with the awarding body. The centre must conduct the examination on the scheduled date unless instructed to do otherwise by the awarding body.

Where candidates choose not to be available for the rescheduled examination(s) for reasons other than those traditionally covered by special consideration, they will not be eligible for enhanced grading arrangements. Centres must therefore ensure candidates and parents are aware of this contingency arrangement so that they may take it into account when making their plans for the summer. However, the awarding bodies will not insist upon candidates being available throughout the entire timetable period as a matter of course.”