Exam information providing clarity regarding the approach to student illness on the day of an exam.
National exams are about to start for GCSE and A level subjects and for many BTEC and CTEC courses. The information below is to provide clarity regarding the approach to student illness on the day of an exam.
Some important elements to keep in mind:
- Students should attend their exams wherever possible.
- Exams have been spaced to achieve a 10-day gap, by JCQ and the awarding bodies, to minimise the chance of a student missing all exams through illness.
- Students have the right to attend their exams if they feel well enough to do so.
- No grade can be awarded if a student misses all the assessment components for their course.
In line with the details set out above, the college will support the approach through the following measures:
- Should a student suspect they have contracted COVID-19, there is no requirement for them to provide a test result as proof; they will need to complete the self-certification form.
- Other forms of special consideration are still available for students if they feel that their exam performance has been affected by a particular issue; please contact the exams team as soon as possible after the exam to complete the relevant form.
The current Government COVID-19 advice is:
If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until you no longer have a high temperature (if you had one) or until you no longer feel unwell.