International Baccalaureate (IB) exams will not go ahead this year in the UK.
The IB said the pandemic disruption – that saw A-level and GCSE exams cancelled – made it “very unlikely” exams would be possible. The decision was taken in consultation with the examinations regulator, Ofqual.
IB exams will, however, take place in other countries. The exam board last week announced that IB candidates would be offered “a dual route” to grades this year. Students will either sit exams or complete courses with teacher-assessed grades. The IB said it was consulting with schools in more than 152 countries to identify the best local solutions.
A spokesperson for the organisation said: “The IB has today written to schools to inform them of our decision not to hold examinations in the UK, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man following active and positive discussions with Ofqual throughout the past week.
“This decision has been taken on the basis that local examinations have also been cancelled for students in the UK and because for many schools in the UK it is very unlikely that examinations will be able to be administered due to ongoing disruption.
“We intend that the results of students in the UK should be awarded using coursework marks and predicted grades for the May 2021 session, as described in the awarding model outlined two weeks ago.
“However, we cannot confirm this until the end of Ofqual’s technical consultation,” the board added. “We are working closely with our friends at Ofqual and we are very hopeful we will reach agreement on this.”
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