GCSEs and A levels: Exams ‘are fairest’, says Ofqual

But chief regulator says different qualifications will need different solutions and warns this is 'not straightforward’
6th January 2021, 9:36am
William Stewart

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GCSEs and A levels: Exams ‘are fairest’, says Ofqual

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Gcses & A Levels 2021: Simon Lebus, Chief Regulator Of Ofqual, Says The Way Ahead Is 'not Straightforward' After Exams Were Cancelled Because Of The Coronavirus

Ofqual's chief regulator has urged students to keep working hard, and stated that he believes exams are the fairest way of assessing them.

But the message from Simon Lebus this morning also acknowledges that there is no "straightforward" solution following the cancellation of the summer's GCSE and A-level exams.

He says: "We know that this is a difficult time for students, their parents and carers, teachers and trainers. Our message to students is this: please continue to engage as fully as you can in your education.


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"That will be online for the majority of students, or face-to-face for those students still going into their school, college or training provider. This will put you in the best position, whatever arrangements are made for your qualifications.

Exams 2021: The solution 'won't be the same' for all qualifications

"It's important that teachers and students can focus on the knowledge and skills needed to equip students to progress to the next stage, whatever form that might take - whether to college, an apprenticeship, university or employment.

"The way ahead is not straightforward: exams and standardised assessments are the fairest way of determining what a student knows and can do. We need to consider a wide range of qualifications - from A levels and GCSEs to many different vocational and technical qualifications - and the solution won't be the same for all.

"Following the government's announcement on Monday evening, we also need to consider how alternative arrangements will work for different students, including those who are independent learners.

"We are discussing alternative arrangements with the Department for Education. We know that many are seeking clarity as soon as possible. We will provide further updates as soon as we can.

"The government has announced that schools and colleges can continue with the vocational and technical exams due to take place in January where it is right to do so.

"This may be particularly important for vocational and technical qualifications which require a 'licence to practise', which can only be fulfilled through practical assessment."

 

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