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Students to get generous GCSE and A Level grades next summer to counter impact of pandemic

Heads down: A-levels and GCSEs are still hugely respected around the world (PA Wire)
Heads down: A-levels and GCSEs are still hugely respected around the world (PA Wire)

GCSE and A-level students will be awarded more generous grades to compensate for the pandemic, the Education Secretary has revealed.

Gavin Williamson said pupils in England will receive advance notice of some topics ahead of tests – as well as exam aids when sitting papers – to ensure this cohort of students is not disadvantaged.

Additional exams will also be run to give students a second chance to sit a paper if the main exams or assessments are missed due to illness or self-isolation, the Department

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England under pressure to follow Wales decision to cancel GCSE and A-level exams

<p>Wales has announced they will be scrapping end-of-year exams in 2021</p> (PA)

Wales has announced they will be scrapping end-of-year exams in 2021

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The UK education secretary is facing growing calls to follow Wales’ example and cancel next summer’s GCSE, AS and A-level exams in England amid lingering uncertainty over whether students can be guaranteed a level playing field when it comes to end-of-year assessments.

The National Union for Students (NUS) has called on ministers to “follow the lead” of the Welsh government – who have announced plans to scrap exams for the second year in a row amid disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Salsabil Elmegri, the NUS vice-president for

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Pupils to face GCSE and A-Level exam delay next summer

Pupils wear face masks as they sit in class at Springburn Academy school in Glasgow - AFP
Pupils wear face masks as they sit in class at Springburn Academy school in Glasgow – AFP
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Coronavirus Article Bar with counter

GCSE and A-level exams will be delayed next summer to give children the chance to catch up on lost lesson time, Gavin Williamson has indicated.

The Education Secretary told The Telegraph he was studying plans for a “short delay” to public exams “with the aim of creating more teaching time”.

Sources suggested exams could be pushed back to June and July, but would not cut into the scheduled summer holidays.

Around four in 10 schools in England will

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Pressure grows on Gavin Williamson to U-turn on grading system, as government urged to consider GCSE results delay

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AFP via Getty Images

Ministers are being urged to consider postponing the publication of GCSE results this week as Gavin Williamson faces pressure to abandon the heavily-criticised A-level grading system.

It comes as discontent grows in Tory ranks at the exam regulator, with the chair of the Education Select Committee hitting out at the “unacceptable” decision to drop guidance for appeals – just hours after it was published at the weekend.

The fiasco over A-levels could escalate further on Thursday as millions of teenagers receive their GCSE grades. There are fears a similar algorithm that resulted in students being downgraded

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Government to cover cost of all A-level and GCSE results appeals in England, Gavin Williamson says

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AFP via Getty

It will be free for English schools to appeal A-level and GCSE results awarded to their pupils, the education secretary has pledged, in a further U-turn after exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With nearly 40 per cent of A-level results having been downgraded from teachers’ predicted grades by a government algorithm – and amid fears GCSEs could be more harshly impacted still – Gavin Williamson conceded that there would likely be a significantly higher number of appeals than usual.

Facing protests and mounting calls to resign, he said it would be “a real, shocking

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