20 January 2021

ISEB Update on Common Academic Scholarship Examinations (CASE)

Following the government announcement on 4 January and the current closure of all UK schools, we hope that the following information will be of help in planning for the term and year ahead.

The DfE has now provided the following notification.

Tests can continue to operate for in-year admissions to selective schools. Wherever possible such tests should be delivered remotely. If, for some reason this is not possible, admission authorities should follow the protective health measures set out within the guidance on assessment processes for selective school admissions and the actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak. Wherever possible the use of public transport should be avoided.

Common Academic Scholarship Examination (CASE) arrangements for February 2021

Although we do not yet know if schools will be allowed to return after the February half term break, we are providing support for schools with candidates registered for February CASE to enable these examinations to go ahead.

Where schools/centres are able to conduct examinations in line with the most recent local government and public health guidance, candidates should sit their examinations in the usual way. However, where this is not possible and/or a school or centre is closed, ISEB is putting in place alternative arrangements so that the examinations can proceed.

In order to support schools wishing to deliver the examinations remotely, schools/centres may allow candidates to sit the February 2021 Common Academic Scholarship Examinations (CASE) in their prep school or at home, in accordance with our Guidance and parent declaration forms for CASE.

On Thursday 11 February, ISEB will email to all schools/centres with registered candidates a link to the PDF copies of examination papers. Schools can then electronically transmit copies of the papers they wish candidates to sit, which can then be printed in the prep school or home for completion. Alternatively, schools may choose to send the printed papers which have already been delivered to them, by secure post to the candidate’s prep school or home.

Please note that we are not able to provide electronic links to the CDs for the French Listening Paper.

Schools/invigilation centres will need to communicate with candidates’ parents.

Electronic sharing of past papers

To support schools and pupils while remote learning is in place, we are pleased to confirm that schools may share past papers electronically. Please see the message below, from Galore Park.

Galore Park are keen to support teachers and students in every way they can. Please feel free to share Common Entrance exam papers electronically with any of your students who are planning to sit the exams this academic year, provided you have purchased them in the usual way. Please share exam papers via a secure network. Parents and students must be informed they cannot share the papers more widely.