Schools reopening: GCSE, A-Level and other exams WILL take place next year, Gavin Williamson says

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STUDENTS will sit their GCSEs and A-Levels next year as planned, Gavin Williamson said today.

The Education Secretary said that exams will go back to normal by summer 2021.

Exams will take place next year, Gavin Williamson said

Exams have been cancelled for millions of young people this year thanks to coronavirus.

Instead teachers will decide on what grades to give to each student – which will then be sent to examiners to double check.

Coursework and other essays and assignments will be also used to determine the marks.

Mock exams will be used too.

But Mr Williamson said today that exams will be back to normal by next year.

The government plans to get all kids back in by September.

He said the Government was “working with Ofqual….

“To make sure that those children who are going to be facing exams next year, whether that’s GCSEs, whether that’s A levels, or BTECs and other qualifications, to ensure that those exams are fair and reflect the hard work that they have been doing.”

 

The Education Secretary also said today that only some pupils will be welcomed back in to schools over the next month – if they have enough space to do so safely.

As HOAR revealed last night the plan for all primary school kids to return for a month before the summer holidays has been officially ditched.

In a Commons statement this lunchtime he said: “We are not able to welcome all primary for a full month before the summer.”

Children use hoops for social distancing at L’Ecole Des Petits school

But Mr Williamson said that “we will be working to bring all children back to school in September” as planned.

There won’t be any local plans to keep all schools in any one area shut.

“We do need to bring schools back in every part of this country,” he said.

Gavin Williamson said the Government “will not hesitate” to act if the R rate reaches above one in local areas.

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