Coronavirus: handing in the GCSE and A-level exams, according to Labor


Next year’s A-level and GCSE exams in England are expected to be pushed back to mid-summer to help cope with the impact of the coronavirus, Labor said.

Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green said students starting Grades 11 and 13 in September had “a mountain to climb”, having missed months of schooling.

Examinations scheduled for May are expected to take place as late as July to allow more remedial teaching time, she added.

The government said it would “review” its approach, but that reviews would continue.

With no exams this summer and using alternative assessment methods, students achieved record GCSE and A-level scores.

Examination boards initially rated many candidates due to issues with an algorithm used to moderate results.

But after an outcry from students, the government turned around and decided to base the ratings on teachers’ estimates.

The GCSEs and A-level exams are scheduled to take place as usual next year, but Ms Green said: “Students across the country who have missed out on vital teaching time will have a mountain to climb to prepare. in the May exams unless the government intervenes.

“Ministers got a warning after warning of problems with this year’s exam results, but they let it sink into a fiasco. ”

She added: “Students returning to school need clarity and certainty about the year ahead. “

“Publication deadline”

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the NAHT school leaders union, said the Labor plan “deserves serious consideration”.

But he added: “A delay is not without problems. A delay in the publication of results will put pressure on higher education providers such as universities and colleges, as well as on employers. ”

Conservative MP Robert Halfon, who chairs the Commons special education committee, said there was only a “50:50” chance that the A-level and GCSE exams would take place in the summer. next, despite the government’s promise.

He told the Sunday Times that the exam regulator Ofqual should set an October deadline to decide to cancel them and again base grades on teacher assessments.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education said: “Returning all children to their full-time classrooms in September is a national priority, as they are the best place for their education, development and welfare. -to be.

“We recognize that students scheduled to take exams next summer will have experienced disruption in their education, which is why we made it a priority to get Grade 10 and 12 students back to school last term.

“The exams will take place next year and we have been working closely with the industry, Ofqual and the exam boards to reflect on our approach. “


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