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

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.

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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 news comes as:

  • Mr Williamson said that "we will be working to bring all children back to school in September" as planned.
  • Exams will take place next year as planned for A Level and GCSE kids
  • Years 10 and 12 to get some teacher time from next week
  • The Children’s Commissioner accused the Government of prioritising reopening pubs over kids’
  • Schools could have to shut if the local R level of transmission goes up again

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 The Sun 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."

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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