It comes after Michael Gove instructed end-of-year exams can be scrapped in favour of different types of evaluation following the brand new lockdown.
On Monday night, the Department for Education (DfE) mentioned: “There is recognition that this is an anxious time for students who have been working hard towards their exams.”
“The government position is that we will not be asking students to sit GCSE and A-levels.”
The DfE mentioned they are going to work with Ofqual, England’s examination regulator, to seek the advice of on easy methods to award grades to pupils this 12 months.
Exams have been cancelled final 12 months over coronavirus and a brand new grading system arrange, awarding college students with calculated grades. Pupils have been allowed to take their authentic instructor predicted marks, following backlash over the system.
On Monday, Mr Gove was requested on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme whether or not A-levels and GCSEs in England have been cancelled for the second 12 months in a row, and replied: “Yes.”
The former schooling secretary mentioned: “We will be putting in place alternative arrangements in order to make sure that the hard work that students have put in to acquire knowledge and develop their skills is appropriately assessed, recognised and awarded.”
He additionally advised Sky News that Gavin Williamson, the present schooling secretary, will handle parliament on Wednesday to replace MPs on how pupils will probably be assessed on the finish of the 12 months, following additional disruption to their studying.
Under England’s new lockdown, faculties will transfer to online-learning solely till not less than the center of February, for all college students besides weak youngsters and people of key employees.
While faculties remained open final time period, greater than half one million state faculty pupils have been off faculty throughout the closing weeks of time period for coronavirus-related causes, Department for Education (DfE) estimates present.
The authorities confronted backlash over how grading was achieved final 12 months amid cancelled exams, when lecturers submitted grades they estimated college students would have achieved in exams for standardisation.
Additional reporting by Press Association