In line with the recommendations of both Qualifications Wales and the Independent Review, there will be no exams for GCSE or AS level learners next year. A-level students will also not be required to sit exams

In place of exams, the Welsh Government intended to work with schools and colleges to take forward teacher-managed assessments.

This should include assessments that will be externally set and marked but delivered within a classroom environment under teacher supervision.

This work will form the basis for centre-based outcomes which will be linked to an agreed national approach to provide consistency across Wales.

A Design and Delivery Advisory Group has been set up. The proposed approach to centre-based outcomes, an appeals process and arrangements for private candidates, will be developed by this group, involving school and college leaders, supported by Welsh Government and advised by Qualifications Wales and WJEC. This work is to be finalised in December so that guidance and supporting materials can be in place for the start of the spring term.

The first assessment activities will not commence until the latter half of the spring term.

Welsh Government have engaged with universities across the UK and have been assured that this decision will not disadvantage Welsh learners as long as the alternative arrangements are robust and transparent.

The situation for Vocational Qualifications is more complex and will require extra work.  Welsh Government officials will continue to support Qualifications Wales as they work closely with other regulators to ensure a pragmatic approach that works in learners’ interests and gives them clarity about the way forward.

NEU Cymru is in touch with Qualifications Wales and the WJEC to help make sure the guidance they produce for teachers will as useful as it can be and that the process is as fair for students as possible.

There will be many more questions that will need answering. NEU Cymru is in touch with the Welsh Government, Qualifications Wales and the WJEC to ensure information can be passed on as quickly and clearly as possible.