Kate Green has declared that the delay to A-Level and GCSE exams announced by the Education Secretary for assessments next year is “necessary but not enough to make exams fair for all”.
Responding to confirmation this afternoon that exams will be held in the summer of 2021 but delayed by three weeks, the Shadow Education Secretary urged the government to also “look at other possibilities”.
Gavin Williamson said today that the assessments will be subject to a three-week delay to allow for additional teaching time, following the announcement of other adjustments already outlined by qualifications regulator Ofqual.
But Green argued that the government could have made the call on the 2021 exams delay “weeks ago to give schools more time to prepare” and “must ensure that every pupil gets the support they need to catch up”.
The changes revealed by the government today mean that summer exams in England will begin on June 7th and end on July 2nd for nearly all AS/A-Levels and GCSEs. Students will receive their results on August 24th and 27th respectively.