What happens now GCSE and A-Level exams are cancelled due to coronavirus?


STUDENTS across the UK will not be able to sit their GCSE or A-Level exams this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It leaves pupils concerned over if they will receive grades and whether they will be able to get into their chosen college or university for September.

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Why have GCSE and A-Level exams been cancelled?

Pupils will not sit their GCSE and A-Levels in May and June this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced: "We will not go ahead with assessments or exams and we will not be publishing performance tables this academic year."

Schools across the UK will close from Friday until further notice.

The move to shut schools comes a fortnight before kids are meant to break up for the Easter break.

When will school students be able to sit their exams?

Currently, students will be given a predicted grade based on coursework, mock exams and teacher assessments.

The government is working with Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) on a "detailed set of measures that make sure that no child is unfairly penalised", Mr Williamson added.

The National Education Union has suggested teacher assessment is a "good method of giving reliable information about young people's progress and achievements".

GCSE and A-Level results are set to be handed out before August.

Yet, students will also have the opportunity to take exams in autumn if they wish to.

What happens now for the rest of the year?

It remains unclear as to whether schools will reopen for normal service before the summer holidays.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to reveal lockdown changes on Sunday, May 10 – some of which could come into effect from Monday.

But any return is expected to be staggered, with the younger age groups likely to go back first to allow parents to return to work.

At the moment, schools in England and Wales are shut except for looking after the children of keyworkers (eg NHS staff) and vulnerable children.

Those at home have been able to access learning resources online with many families reverting to homeschooling during the pandemic.

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