Schools and Colleges: Qualification Results and Full Opening

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:52 pm on 1st September 2020.

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Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Conservative, Blackpool North and Cleveleys 4:52 pm, 1st September 2020

The Secretary of State rightly made mention of Ofqual’s consultation over next year’s exams that took place this summer. One idea that emerged was to increase optionality in written exams to help those students who would not have completed the full syllabus. Ofqual rejected that, arguing that students were “independent learners” and therefore did not need that assistance. Can he revisit that particular decision by Ofqual, because, in my view, it is far better to adjust the start of the exam process than the end of the exam process with the consequential impact on both college and university admissions?