Most GCSE and A-level exams shall be delayed subsequent yr, the federal government has mentioned.
The Department for Education (DfE) has mentioned there shall be a change to the unusual timetable in gentle of disruption brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
The majority of AS exams can even be affected by the delay.
In a written assertion to parliament, Gavin Williamson, the training secretary, mentioned the transfer would “give students more time to prepare and a chance to catch up on education lost due to Covid-19”.
However, the Association for School and College Leaders (ASCL) mentioned it was “dismayed” by the announcement.
The normal secretary of the union, which claimed final week time was operating out for a call to be made, known as it a “very inadequate response to the scale of the challenge which lies ahead” for college kids taking these exams subsequent yr.
“Delaying the start of exams by three weeks is of marginal benefit when compared to the loss of learning from the national lockdown and ongoing disruption,” Geoff Barton said. “There isn’t enough being done to make the exams themselves fairer.”
A group of leading education unions – including ASCL – called for changes to 2021 exams last week, including giving students more choice over which questions to answer.
Mr Williamson said on Monday AS, A-level and GCSE exams would go ahead next year, with most tests being pushed back by three weeks to give students more time to prepare.
The summer exam series will run from 7 June until 2 July for almost all of these exams, while results will be handed out in the same week in late August.
Some exams – such as one maths and one English GCSE paper – will be scheduled for before May half term.
Days later, a government U-turn meant students could take their teacher-assessed grades if higher than their moderated ones.
“Exams are the fairest way of judging a student’s performance so they will go ahead, underpinned by contingency measures developed in partnership with the sector,” Mr Williamson said on Monday.
“Students have experienced considerable disruption and it’s right we give them, and their teachers, the certainty that exams will go ahead and more time to prepare.”
He added: “Combined with our £1bn catch-up programme and the changes proposed by Ofqual to free up teaching time, the changes I am announcing today give young people the best chance of being ready for their exams without undermining the value of the qualifications they receive.”
Kate Green, Labour’s shadow education secretary, welcomed the delay to next year’s exams, but said it should have been announced earlier.
“The government have finally listened to Labour’s call for exams to be delayed,” she mentioned, “but they could have done this weeks ago to give schools more time to prepare.”