GCSE and A-level college students in England might be requested to sit down externally-set papers to assist academics with their assessments after exams had been cancelled, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has advised.

Mr Williamson has set out his expectations for a way this summer time’s exams will probably be changed to make sure college students obtain truthful grades in a letter to England’s exams regulator Ofqual.

Teachers ought to make a remaining judgement on a pupil’s grade “as late as possible” to maximise the remaining instructing time and guarantee college students stay motivated, the Education Secretary has stated.

Last week, Mr Williamson instructed MPs that he needs to make use of a type of teacher-assessed grades to award outcomes after he introduced that GCSE, AS and A-level exams had been to be cancelled amid the pandemic.

In a letter to Ofqual’s chief regulator Simon Lebus, Mr Williamson has stated he would really like “to explore the possibility” of utilizing externally set duties or papers to assist academics with their assessments of scholars.

It is my view {that a} instructor’s remaining judgment on a pupil’s grade should be as late as doable within the tutorial yr to maximise remaining instructing time and guarantee college students are motivated to stay engaged in training

The Education Secretary stated the Government has agreed to not use an algorithm to set or routinely standardise college students’ grades, however he stated there ought to be exterior checks in place to help equity and consistency between completely different establishments and to keep away from faculties “proposing anomalous grades”.

Last summer time, 1000’s of A-level college students had their outcomes downgraded from college estimates by a controversial algorithm, earlier than Ofqual introduced a U-turn permitting them to make use of academics’ predictions.

Mr Williamson stated: “My view is that any modifications to grades because of the exterior high quality assurance course of ought to be the exception: the method won’t contain second-guessing the judgment of academics however confirming that the method and proof used to award a grade is cheap.

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