The Secretary of State for Education wants your views on Exams this year
In October last year, I was asked for my views on how exams should be approached and I believed that due to the disruption students education, particularly here across Bury, Ramsbottom and Tottington, where we have had local restrictions, exams would not be the preferred option. In order to be fair to this year’s cohort, I would support the 2021 cohort's grades being based on centre graded assessments as was the case this year and I've been making that view known to colleagues across Government and across Parliament.
On the 5th January, HM Government decided that schools and colleges must close to most, to limit the spread of coronavirus. It is important to remember though that children in our area had been in a constant struggle with entire year groups being sent home to isolate. When added to the immense mental health challenges that are being faced during this global pandemic, this year's students have faced unprecedented challenges.
The Government now want your views!
Launching a joint consultation, Ofqual and the Department for Education want to hear the views of students who were due to take their exams, their parents and carers, their teachers, school and college leaders and others who have an interest, including further and higher education providers, and employers. The consultation covers general and vocational qualifications, with this document focusing on the former.
Students need grades to continue to the next stage of their education or training, or into employment. Grades must reflect what a student knows, understands and can do, and they must be widely understood and respected. In place of exams in summer 2021 the Government propose that a student’s grade in a subject will be based on their teacher’s assessment of the standard at which they are performing.
Please follow the link below to access the consultation: