Pearson Edexcel cancels May-June 2021 O-level, A-level exams

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:08, Feb 04,2021 | Updated: 00:20, Feb 04,2021


Exam board Pearson Edexcel has cancelled its International GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and International AS/A Level assessment in May/June 2021.

In a statement on its website Wednesday, the board said it will not be proceeding with International GCSE and International A-level exams this year, and that it will ‘use a robust approach based on teacher assessment’ to award grades instead.

The board said it will offer an additional series of IGCSE exams (also known as O-level) later in the year, and that the October IA-level series will go ahead as normal.

‘Our priorities throughout this pandemic have been to keep everyone safe and well, and to ensure fairness so that every student receives a grade that reflects their knowledge and understanding,’ the statement from the board said, reports UK-based website  

‘In making this decision, we have spoken to many schools, teachers and students and have carefully considered a range of options.

‘These included having exams in some countries and teacher assessment in others. Given the ongoing uncertainty, we feel that this could not be done fairly and would risk unintentionally disadvantaging individual students.’

Last week, OxfordAQA confirmed that it would be cancelling its IGCSE and IA-level exams, saying it had made the decision after ‘listening to the views of teachers, parents and students around the world’ and concluding that the fairest option would be to switch instead to the same teacher-assessed grades system being used in England.

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