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Students to benefit from extra exam measures

Published Thursday, 3rd December 2020

Worcestershire County Council has welcomed the news that students will benefit from extra measures ahead of next summer’s exams.

Worcestershire County Council has welcomed the news that students will benefit from extra measures ahead of next summer’s exams.

The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced today, Thursday 3 December, that students sitting exams and other assessments next year will benefit from a package of exceptional measures to improve fairness and prevent disruption.

In recognition of the challenges faced by students this year, the Government stated that grades will be more generous, students will be given advance notice of some topic areas, and steps will be taken to ensure every student receives a grade, even if they miss a paper due to self-isolation or illness.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education and Skills, said: “Sitting exams are a key milestone for many young people’s lives and I very much welcome the Government announcement which provides much needed clarity for the many students who are due to sit examinations next year.

“Following the announcement back in October that there would be a three-week delay to exams to free up extra teaching time, this early decision will further help our schools and colleges so that they can plan and further support their students.”

The new set of measures announced include:

·         more generous grading than usual, in line with national outcomes from 2020, so students this year are not disadvantaged;

·         students receiving advance notice of some topic areas covered in GCSE, AS and A levels to focus revision;

·         exam aids - like formula sheets - provided in some exams giving students more confidence and reducing the amount of information they need to memorise;

·         additional exams to give students a second chance to sit a paper if the main exams or assessments are missed due to illness or self-isolation; and

·         a new expert group to look at differential learning and monitor the variation in the impact of the pandemic on students across the country.