Next summer season’s GCSE exams might reportedly be pushed again amid a resurgence of coronavirus instances.
The exams are set to delayed in keeping with A-level exams, which it was reported earlier this week will probably be put again by three weeks beneath new plans.
Gavin Williamson, the training secretary, is ready to announce an examination timetable extension till mid-July, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Meanwhile, the Evening Standard cited training sources saying GCSE exams may be pushed again by three weeks.
At the start of final month, Mr Williamson mentioned GCSE and A-level exams might be pushed again to subsequent year to permit for extra educating time after a 12 months of disruption.
Pupils returned to high school final month, marking the primary time all college students had been allowed again within the classroom since March.
Mr Williamson has instructed the Education Select Committee there will probably be announcement later this month over subsequent 12 months’s exams.
A spokesperson for the Department for Education (DfE) mentioned: “We expect exams to take place next year and continue to work with Ofqual and the exam boards on our approach, recognising that students will have experienced considerable disruption to their education in the last academic year.
“There are a range of measures proposed by Ofqual following a public consultation, including a possible short delay to the exam timetable and subject-specific changes to reduce pressure on teaching time.
“We will continue to work with school and college stakeholders, Ofqual and the exam boards, to ensure that exams in 2021 are fair.”
It comes as schools could be asked to refuse to prepare for Sats next year if teachers give their backing to union proposals to focus resources on recovering from the impact of the pandemic.
The plans will be debated as part of a motion to be put forward by the National Education Union (NEU) at its online conference on Saturday.
If approved, the motion would see the union’s executive instructed to “name on head academics and governors to refuse to require preparation for Sats, as a substitute concentrating all assets on restoration”.
It also calls for Sats to be replaced by a moderated teacher assessment system in 2021 and for this to apply for GCSEs and A-levels as part of a mixed assessment model.
Additional reporting by Press Association