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Hi Colleague

We hope you've had a good week.

Congratulations to all students getting their GCSE English Language or GCSE Maths results this week. You may be interested to read a new blog from Ofqual about the results from this unique exam series. This includes a reminder not to make assumptions about likely grade boundaries in summer 2022 based on the November series. There's more information about the post-results services for your students here. And we've just published the November 2022 final exam timetables for GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics.

Also in this week's roundup:

  • summer 2022: in case you missed it, a reminder of where to find adaptations and NEA arrangements for your GCSE, AS and A Level subject
  • supporting you with key information about the January 2022 exams, including our FAQ on what happens if a student has been unable to sit an exam
  • Cambridge Technicals in Performing Arts teachers: to support your students affected by COVID-19, we've extended the two-week assessment window for the completion of externally set tasks to 29 January. See our subject information update for information
  • if you're new to Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals or need a refresher, we're offering free Admin Essentials webinars
  • spotlight the Health & Social Care and Child Development team supporting you
  • nominations for the 2022 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awards are now open
  • take a look at our new blogs: How Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals will be awarded in 2021/22, what to consider when choosing a business qualification for your key stage 4 students, A Level Mathematics specification B (MEI) – what's in it for you?
  • to support our Classics teachers, we've launched a new Twitter account. Follow us for the latest news, resources and training opportunities
  • a reminder: our autumn 2020 GCSE, AS and A Level exam papers and mark schemes will be available on our public website from Tuesday 18 January. This is a joint decision in line with other Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) boards to better support all students preparing for mocks and exams.

If you have any questions or need support at any time, remember to check out our dedicated supporting you pages, our range of FAQs, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more advice.

Best wishes

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Summer 2022 exams information
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Earlier this month, the Education Secretary said he fully intends for exams to take place this summer, with adaptations to recognise the impact the pandemic has had on learning.

Just as a reminder, you can find all the adaptations for summer 2022 GCSE, AS and A Level exams in our subject information update

As well as the above page, take a look at the 'Changes for 2022' section on each qualification page. This sets out what is changing to the assessment of your qualification for summer 2022.

In case you missed it, we published a summary in December to help you and your students understand what to expect from advance information. Advance information will be provided to support students revising for summer 2022 exams in the majority of AS, A Level, and GCSE subjects, as well as FSMQ and Core Maths.

If you're looking for June 2022 exam timetables for GCSE, Cambridge Nationals, AS and A Level, Core Maths and FSMQ, these are available to download from the 'Final exam timetables' section of our Key dates and timetables webpage

Summer 2022 arrangements   Download timetables

January 2022 exams

Well done to all students who sat a Cambridge National or Cambridge Technical exam this week and to all staff supporting them.

If you need any support, take a look at our dedicated January exams information webpage, and see our FAQ if a student was unable to sit an exam.

Students sitting an exam

January 2022 exams

Admin Essentials for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals
Teachers in a webinar

Our online Admin Essentials webinars for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals are available to book this term.

Suitable for exams officers and teaching staff who are new to these qualifications or those seeking a refresher, the events are designed to give you an understanding of the key administration processes for our qualifications.

Book your place

Spotlight on...

Each week, we'll be introducing you to members of our Subject Advisor team, who are there to help you deliver and assess our qualifications. This week, meet Sarah Ash and Sarah Millington, our Health & Social Care and Child Development Subject Advisors.

Health and social care

Sarah Ash

Sarah Ash

"Before joining OCR, I was a teacher of Health and Social Care for ten years. This is my main subject area and my degree and PGCE qualifications are in this subject. I've also taught Child Development along with several other subjects at KS3 and moderated on the A Level Health and Social Care for another awarding body. 

"I worked in secondary schools and a sixth form college in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex teaching KS4 and KS5 and as a teacher in a care home for young people aged 16-18 and supported them in preparing to leave care."

Sarah Millington 

Sarah Millington

"I joined OCR after teaching Health and Social Care and Child Development for 16 years. Having been a teacher, subject lead and moderator, I've planned and developed subjects to meet the needs of my students by focusing on effective teaching and learning skills, allowing them to become independent learners."

Supporting our teachers

Our Subject Advisors offer a personal and specific point of contact for new and existing teachers to discuss qualification delivery and assessment queries or the support you'd like to receive in the future. We regularly share subject-specific blogs, newsletters, videos, guides and more. To find out how we're supporting you, visit our dedicated webpage.

To get in touch with the Health & Social Care and Child Development team, contact and follow us on Twitter.

To find any subject-specific advisor, or if you're considering switching to OCR and would like to know more about the support and guidance we can offer, please contact us.

Supporting you

2022 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awards nominations now open!
Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awards

Cambridge University Press has launched this year's global competition which is an opportunity for students, parents and colleagues to say thank you to a special teacher for going above and beyond. Nominations can be made by submitting a written entry of fewer than 150 words or a video no longer than two minutes.

Feel free to share the nomination form with your colleagues, students and their parents/carers.

Entries close on 11 March 2022.

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