Students: Assessments

Department for Education written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure that students taking exams in October 2020 receive an adequate level of tuition to help compensate for the disruptions to their education caused by the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

In most cases, students will have received grades in the summer which will enable them to move onto their next step. Students who were unable to receive grades or are not happy with their grades are able to take exams in the autumn if they choose. If a student wants to sit an exam, we expect the school or college that entered them in the summer to enter them in autumn. Schools are able to provide additional support to students sitting their exams in the autumn if they have capacity to do so. The Department is offering an Exam Support Service to help all schools and colleges run the autumn series. Schools and colleges will be able to book fully funded space for the exams if they need it to avoid disruption to teaching. They will also be able to claim funding for autumn exam fees and invigilation costs if these exceed the savings they have made in the summer.

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