Resources and support 2020-2021

Resources and support for 2020-2021

Find everything you need to support your students as they prepare for summer 2021 assessments

Mock Support  -  Student support  -  2020-2021 changes  -  Blogs -  Professional Development - Internal Assessment  -  Teacher Networks  - Support from Cambridge

Mock exam support

Marking a mock paper – free workshops

This year, more than ever, it’s really important that you’re able to mark your mock papers with confidence. To support you we’ve developed a FREE programme of workshops, giving you the opportunity to learn from an experienced examiner and gain hands on experience of working real candidate work.

Our online workshops aim to develop your skills in marking accurately and will give you extra insight in how our assessors mark.  They will also prepare you to carry out a mock which is representative of the final exam, issue results promptly, and accurately judge your students' progress at the point they sit their mocks, as well as throughout the year.

These are now available to book via our Professional Development Hub.

Create bespoke mocks

ExamBuilder enables you to create tailored question papers giving your students the opportunity to practice and build confidence ahead of their exams.

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Additional resources

We’re keeping question papers, mark schemes, exemplars and examiners' reports for June 2019, on Interchange for longer than usual. This is so that you can use them for mock exams during the school year. We'll published them on our website in early April 2021.

All papers which are used in the live series in November 2020 will be released on the public website in December 2021. 

You can also download previous past papers, exemplars, SAMs and examiner reports on the relevant qualification page> assessment.

Download past papers

Student support

Exam hints and tips for students

We’ve produced some exam hints and tips for students for:

  • GCSE and A Level Sciences
  • GCSE English Literature and English Language
  • GCSE Mathematics

Find these resources on the relevant qualification page> planning and teaching> planning

You can also download our 2019 exam hints for:

  • GCSE - Geography, History, Maths, Science and PE
  • A Level - English, Geography, History, Law, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sciences
  • Cambridge Nationals - Child Development and Health & Social Care
  • Cambridge Technicals - Applied Science and Engineering

These are a great resource to use for preparing your students for the summer assessment. They highlight what went well in previous exam series, areas for improvements and also include some key tips which can be shared with your students. 

Download 2019 exam tips

Revision guides and checklists

We’ve published our revision checklist of the learning outcomes and content you need to cover and work on for:

  • GCSE and A Level Sciences
  • GCSE English Literature and English Language
  • GCSE and A Level Mathematics A Mathematics

Find these resources on the relevant qualification page> assessment > resources for students.

Download exam tips and revision checklists  

Support for 2020-2021 changes 

Your Guide to the changes for summer 2021 - GCSE, AS and A Levels

To support you with the summer 2021 changes we've created a 'Guide to the changes’ for qualifications affected.

These provide an overview of the changes, what they mean for the specifications and how students will be assessed. They also let you know what support will be available.

Download the guides on the relevant qualification page> planning and teaching> changes for 2021

Your Guide to the unit-level changes for 20-21 - Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals

Our 'guides to the unit-level changes' are now available and set out the changes for each affected Cambridge National and Cambridge Technical unit. For some units, there are no changes. These guides should be used, alongside specifications and assignments, to plan and carry out assessments. 

Q&A webinars for unit-level changes - Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals

Book your place on our FREE 'Ask the Subject Expert Q&A' webinars for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals. These webinars focus on the changes which have been made to facilitate safe teaching of a number of units for 2020-2021. Our Subject Advisors will talk through these changes, explain the support available, and discuss how to apply the changes in your specific context.

Support Highlights

We’ve collated together some of the most useful resources, available to you from us and our partners, in our Support Highlights. These will help you in the classroom and support your students preparing for exams.

Download the guides on the relevant qualification page> planning and teaching> planning

Download Guide to Changes and Support Highlights


Check out our blog page to find useful tips, resources and advice from our team of Subject Advisors.

Explore our blogs

Professional Development

Our professional development courses for 2020-2021 are now available to book! All training for the foreseeable future will be held online, offering the same high-quality training as our face-to-face training.  We have a vast selection of courses to support with assessment, including:

Understanding the Assessment: Exam Feedback - FREE
Looking ahead to the 2021 exam series, this will offer detailed and constructive feedback into where students struggled in previous series and how you can support your current cohort.

Ask the Subject Advisor/Moderator/Examiner
An opportunity to ask any questions relating to assessment.

Understanding the Assessment of Internal Units: Making the Grade
These events will help you understand the assessment of the internal units and support your learning on how to correctly apply the marking criteria. We'll also be exploring delivery strategies, good moderation practice and we'll look at how your students should present and use evidence.

View upcoming professional development

Build your confidence in internal assessment

Alongside our existing programme of professional development training, we've developed a free e-learning course, designed to build your confidence in delivering, marking, and administering internal assessment. After completing an introductory module you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on practice marking example candidate work for the qualification that you teach.

Start internal assessment course

Online Teacher Networks

We're running some FREE online Teacher Networks this term.

These events will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to discuss your subject with our Subject Advisor and like-minded colleagues, share ideas and best practice and build supportive networks.

View upcoming Teacher Network dates

Support from Cambridge

Cambridge English

Cambridge Assessment Network

  • Assessment practitioner workshops – focusing on important elements of assessment design and practice, these are short, sharp sessions designed to fit seamlessly around your work commitments.

Cambridge International Education 

  • Multiple choice questions webinar - This short-recorded session is for schools and teachers who want to improve their use of multiple-choice questions in the classroom, or as part of their remote teaching. It is run by experts across Cambridge Assessment who have both research and practical classroom experience.

Our colleagues at Cambridge International Education have also published a series of webinars to support some of the lesser considered challenges at this time:

Transitioning back to school - a social-emotional perspective

Supporting learners with special education needs online

Prioritising wellbeing in a time of disruption and transition.

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