2021 news

CCEA publishes Occupational Studies, Vocational and Entry Level qualifications Summer 2021 Alternative Arrangements - Process for Heads of Centre

Published: 30/03/2021, 11:30am

CCEA has now published the guidance and process for schools and colleges on how the alternative awarding arrangements for Summer 2021 CCEA’s Occupational Studies, Vocational Qualifications and Entry Level Qualifications will operate following the cancellation of this year’s exams by the Minister of Education, Peter Weir MLA.

Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) Release Guidance on GCSE and AS/A level Awarding Process

Published: 29/03/2021, 3:25pm

Most students in Northern Ireland take GCSE and AS/A Level qualifications with CCEA. Guidance for CCEA qualifications was published on 5 March 2021. However, there are students who also take qualifications with AQA, WJEC/Eduqas, OCR and Pearson. These qualifications will follow JCQ published guidance which was released on 26 March 2021.

CCEA launches subject specific guidance for 25 GCSE subjects

Published: 26/03/2021, 4:05pm

Today, CCEA has released 25 GCSE subject specific guidance materials as part of the support provision for the Summer 2021 alternative awarding arrangements.

CCEA’s GCE Teacher Support Guidance for Summer 2021 Awarding available online

Published: 25/03/2021, 4:00pm

As of today, all 30 GCE teacher support guidance documents for Summer 2021 alternative awarding arrangements are now available to view online. This follows the release of CCEA’s Summer 2021: Alternative Arrangements – Process for Heads of Centre earlier this month.

Information Regarding Private Candidates and Summer 2021 Alternative Awarding Arrangements

Published: 25/03/2021, 1:35pm

CCEA have now published Information Regarding Private Candidates and Summer 2021 Alternative Awarding Arrangements – setting out the process for schools and colleges when awarding a Centre Determined Grade for private candidates.

New Chairperson and Council members appointed to CCEA Council

Published: 24/03/2021, 4:00pm

The Minister of Education has announced today that Mr Tommy O’Reilly has been appointed the new Chairperson for CCEA Council, following a successful public appointments process.

CCEA publishes revised guidance

Published: 16/03/2021, 1:00pm

CCEA has today issued a revised version of its Summer 2021 Alternative Arrangements guidance to schools and colleges.

CCEA publishes GCSE, AS and A level Awarding Summer 2021: Alternative Arrangements – Process for Heads of Centre

Published: 05/03/2021, 3:30pm

CCEA has today published the guidance and process for schools and colleges on how the alternative awarding arrangements for Summer 2021 CCEA qualifications will operate following the cancellation of this year’s exams by the Minister of Education, Peter Weir MLA.

What the Ofqual Announcement Means for Centres in Northern Ireland

Published: 26/02/2021, 3:00pm

Ofqual has announced its direction for awarding organisations offering vocational qualifications. This is important for NI learners taking vocational qualifications with English awarding organisations, as the direction will also apply to Northern Ireland. It is important that there is alignment with the arrangements for awarding vocational qualifications as this protects comparability and portability of qualifications taken by learners in Northern Ireland.

Young Enterprise Launch Free Financial Capability textbook for NI Students

Published: 05/02/2021, 3:30pm

Young Enterprise recently launched a free Financial Capability textbook for Key Stage 4 (post-primary Years 11 and 12) students, which is now available for download.

CCEA Chief Executive announces decision to pursue new career opportunity

Published: 04/02/2021, 6:20pm

After 6 years in post, CEO Justin Edwards, announces he will be leaving CCEA to pursue a new opportunity. Mr Edwards will remain in post until 30 April 2021. Alongside his established senior management team, he is fully committed to the implementation of the Minister’s decisions in relation to awarding examinations and CCEA’s wider programme of work.

CCEA welcomes the Education Minister's announcement on the alternative awarding arrangements for summer 2021

Published: 02/02/2021, 11:55am

The Education Minister has set out today how the alternative awarding arrangements for summer 2021 CCEA qualifications will operate.

CCEA’s latest Primary eNewsletter – A Focus on Home Learning & Teacher Support

Published: 29/01/2021, 11:00am

Engaging with young learners as they study from home has been the focus of CCEA’s January issue of the Primary eNewsletter. Featuring latest news, guidance and resources that support home and /or blended learning, this eNewsletter is full of useful and relevant materials to support Primary teachers as they work within the NI Curriculum.

CCEA Regulation statement on the cancellation of Essential Skills assessments and examinations for Vocational Qualifications used for progression

Published: 25/01/2021, 4:40pm

On 22 January 2021, the Economy Minister announced the cancellation of Essential Skills assessments and examinations for vocational qualifications used for progression until August 2021.

Deloitte review of CCEA's alternative awarding arrangements in 2020

Published: 21/01/2021, 1:25pm

The Department of Education has today published an independent report on the review of the alternative awarding of CCEA’s 2020 summer GCSE, AS and A level examinations. The review, which was carried out by Deloitte over a six-week period in the autumn, analysed CCEA’s awarding methodology including design, implementation, management and communication of the arrangements.