World News – UK – COVID-19: More Generous Grades, Cheat Sheets and Less Topics: New Rules for Exams in England

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It is to be hoped that the measures will compensate for the educational disruptions caused by the pandemic.

GCSE and A-Level students in England are getting more generous grades and the ability to preview exam topics as the Education Secretary has promised that next summer’s ratings will not be canceled.

Measures designed to offset the school disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic include exam aids – like formula sheets – to give students more confidence and reduce the amount of information they need to remember.
The announcement comes after the summer fiasco regarding GCSEs and high school graduation, when thousands of students algorithmically downgraded their scores from school scores before Ofqual announced a U-turn.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told Sky News that he could « absolutely » give a cast-iron guarantee that exams would not be canceled.

« Tens of thousands of students took these GCSE and A-level exams by the [last] national lockdown and it was done safely and successfully, » he said.

« I’m confident we can take all the exams next summer when we have had a slew of GCSE and high school exams during a national lockdown. « 

Josh Aylott is a GCSE student at Bexleyheath Academy in South London. He says the process will be unfair.

« In the past few years, it was always the people who did more work before the actual exam who were expected to get a better grade because they worked harder for it, but now it is than you could work less and then just before the exam you can see what to work on and it seems like this year it will be almost too easy, « he said.

« Does that mean lowering the class boundaries? Easier to assign grades? You haven’t fully explained it. « 

In October the government announced that the 2021 exams would still take place in England, but most would be postponed for three weeks to give students more time to study.

Exams are also run in Northern Ireland, but in Scotland the 5 national exams (the equivalent of GCSEs) have already been canceled. Highers and Advanced Highers should continue to be done if possible, but a few weeks later than normal.

Students in Wales will not take exams for their GCSEs, AS-Levels or A-Levels next summer and will instead receive teacher-managed assessments.

Back at Bexleyheath Academy, Headmaster Graeme Napier says knowing what topics to study helps fine-tune the curriculum.

« I clearly think we’re behind schedule than we normally would have been at this point in the year, » he says.

« The briefing we received today enables us to make plans and get started to ensure that students who have already experienced a disorder can prepare for these exams. « 

As part of new emergency response measures, students who miss one or more exams due to self-isolation or illness but have still completed part of their qualification will continue to receive a grade.

If a student fails all of their grades in a subject, they have the opportunity to take an emergency paper shortly after the main series of exams.

If a student has a legitimate reason to miss all of their papers, a validated teacher-informed assessment can be used, but only if all chances of an exam are passed.

The latest figures from the Department of Education show that more than a fifth (22%) of secondary school students were absent from school in their second week last week.

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