International Baccalaureate 2021: UK exams cancelled

IB scraps all UK exams this year, saying it was 'very unlikely' schools would be able to administer them

Catherine Lough

International Baccalaureate 2021: IB exams cancelled in the UK

The International Baccalaureate has cancelled all UK exams this year, it has confirmed today.

The IB said this was because local exams – GCSEs and A levels – had been cancelled for UK students.

The decision had also been taken, the IB said, because it was "very unlikely" that exams would be able to go ahead owing to ongoing disruption from the pandemic.


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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.

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"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.”

Last week, the IB informed schools outside the UK about whether their exams would go ahead, having announced a "dual route" for its grading process this year, with schools in some parts of the world taking exams while others award grades through teacher assessment.

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Catherine Lough

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