Assessments: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 7th October 2020.

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Photo of Holly Mumby-Croft Holly Mumby-Croft Conservative, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the summer 2021 exam series will go ahead; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of teacher assessments as a contingency in the event that those exams cannot go ahead as planned.

Photo of Holly Mumby-Croft Holly Mumby-Croft Conservative, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that GCSE, AS and A-Level exams will take place in summer 2021; and whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of using teacher assessments as a contingency in the event that those exams do not take place as planned.

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

The Department knows that exams and assessments are the best and fairest way of judging students’ performance, and it is expected that next year’s exams will go ahead. The Government is committed to working closely with Ofqual to ensure that students taking exams next summer receive the qualifications they deserve.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, has set out that a further announcement on 2021 exams will be made in October.

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