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UK: GCSEs and A-levels: Extra measures 'to ensure fair exams next summer'

By ITS Education Asia

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It is good to see that the UK Government is taking some measures to try to help this cohort of students whose studies have suffered due to the pandemic and associated lockdowns.   These measures only apply to the GCE A-level and GCSE’s.  Not the International A-levels or International GCSE’s

The measures mean:

  • more generous grading than usual, in line with results from summer 2020, so that this year's cohort is not disadvantaged
  • students getting advance notice - at the end of January - of some topic areas covered in exams to focus revision
  • exam aids - such as formula sheets - provided in some exams to cut down on the memorizing required
  • additional "backup" exams - to be held in July - to give students a second chance to sit a paper if they have to miss main exams or assessments due to illness or self-isolation
  • a new expert group, which will monitor variation in the impact of the pandemic on students across the country.
  • where a student misses all their papers, a teacher-assessed grade will be given.

ITS is Hong Kong’s only fully accredited IGCSE and A-level learning and examination centre. In summer 2020, our exam candidate students got their centre assessed grades from us. Whether you want learning support, full-time schooling or just to sit the exams with us, we are here to help.  Please contact us for a free consultation.




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