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2021 ex­ams could be pushed back weeks


NEXT year’s ex­ams are likely to be de­layed to al­low to pupils to make up for months of lost learn­ing, the Government ad­mit­ted yes­ter­day.

De­spite con­cerns over the po­ten­tial knock-on ef­fects on col­lege and univer­sity ad­mis­sions, GCSEs and A-lev­els are set to be pushed back into the sum­mer. Schools min­is­ter Nick Gibb said it was an op­tion ‘we are look­ing at and have been look­ing at for sev­eral weeks’.

The Government has been fac­ing mount­ing pres­sure to al­low a short de­lay, with the Labour Party and teach­ing unions calling for the nor­mal start date of May to be de­layed un­til June or July. Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Gavin Wil­liamson also sug­gested that schools could be asked to un­der­take ‘bench­mark­ing’ – or rapid as­sess­ment by teach­ers – to check how far stu­dents had fallen be­hind.

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