Government Coronavirus Exam preparation and Ofqual advice
March 3, 2020
We recognise that students, parents, schools
and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the
2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare
for exams and other assessments as normal.
Ofqual continues to work closely with exam
boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range
of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are
fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.
It is still many weeks until exams start and
we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much
notice as possible.
The action plan sets out a four phased
approach in response to the Coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and
Research. An approach designed by world leading experts.
As there are already cases in the UK, the
current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, but planning for Delay
and Mitigation is already in train.
As part of the Contain phase, we have been
providing advice about educational settings in England, which can be found on
Public Health England’s website. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the
flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.
Personal hygiene is the most important way we
can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it,
kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes – also help in delaying the
peak of the infection.
The action plan is a framework that outlines
the types of options open to government in each of these four phases. But this
document is only a list of the types of measures we could consider – not those
we are planning to implement.
Current advice remains in place: No school
should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless
advised to do so by Public Health England.
We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.email@example.com Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.
The importance of hygiene. Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages. Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.New guidance for employers.
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