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UK: 'No plan B' for exams if schools disrupted in autumn

By ITS Education Asia

When the May/June exam session was canceled most of us believed the pandemic would be under control by time of the next exam sessions.  This article from the BBC reports on concerns by head teachers in the UK at an apparent lack of planning for a further cancelation this coming exam session.

The Association of School and College Leaders says ministers need to do more than "tinker at the edges" if next year's exams are to be fair to pupils. Exams regulator Ofqual has proposed delaying next year's GCSE and A-level exams from May to early June but Heads have raised concerns of further lockdowns in the winter months.

In its response to Ofqual's consultation on exams in 202l, ASCL called for "radical changes" to make them fairer to students. Leader of the head teachers' union, Geoff Barton, said it was "bordering on reckless" not to draw up contingency plans in case large numbers of students are unable to take exams next summer.

It is obviously a very difficult time for educational administrators to plan for the future given the great levels of uncertainty.  Here at ITS we can help parents and students ensure that they are ready for their exams or compliant with the criteria to be awarded a grade if the exams are canceled.  Contact us for a free consolation if you have any questions on how we can help.




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