GCSE and A-level autumn exams offered in all subjects

1st July: The students who are not happy with the GCSE and A-level grades will be awarded this summer.

According to BBC News, students who are not happy with the GCSE and A-Level results will be able to sit exams in all subjects in the autumn.

It is to be remembered that this summer’s Cambridge exams were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak and school closures.

It was announced that the students’ results will be based on the teacher’s assessment.

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Now England’s exams regulator, Ofqual, says a “full suite” of exams – not just core subjects – will be available.

But headteachers are concerned about the practicalities of the announcement. They say accommodating a full set of autumn exams alongside getting all pupils back to school in September will be a “huge challenge”.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Ofqual said students would be awarded calculated grades this summer, “giving them the opportunity to move on to further study or employment, despite the cancellation of exams”.

“Any student unable to receive a calculated result, and others who would like to improve their grades, will have an opportunity to take the full suite of GCSE, AS and A-level exams in the autumn.”

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“We are concerned about how schools and colleges will be able to accommodate and manage a full suite of autumn exams alongside the huge challenge of bringing all their pupils back in September, identifying learning gaps, and putting catch-up support in place,” said Mr. Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders,

This would have to be done while managing the risks associated with coronavirus, he said.

“We had argued for the autumn series to be restricted to A-levels, and GCSE English and maths.”

“However, we understand the pressure on the government and Ofqual to provide the option of a full suite of exams in the event that pupils and parents are unhappy with center-assessed grades in August.”

Mr. Barton said families should be assured that the process by which schools assessed grades this year is “robust”.

“These qualifications will be every bit as valid as in any other year and will allow young people to progress to the next stage of the lives without hindrance, and without the need to use the autumn series.”

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