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Saturday, Jan 16, 2021

Coronavirus: Will school exams be cancelled around the UK in 2021?

Wales' GCSE, AS and A-level exams in summer 2021 are to be cancelled, with grades based on classroom assessments. But should England follow suit? And what do the students at the heart of this think?
Education Minister Kirsty Williams said it was impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams due to the ongoing impact of the Covid pandemic.

Head teachers would work on a "national approach" to ensure consistency, she said.

Assessments will be done under teacher supervision, and will begin in the second half of the spring term.

They will be externally set and marked but delivered within the classroom.

Policy Editor Lewis Goodall reports and Emma Barnett is joined by Conservative MP David Simmons and Hampton High Headteacher Rebecca Poole.

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