Examinations: The DfE is increasingly out of touch

Gavin Williamson is completely out of touch if he thinks that exams can continue as normal next year, says Dr Mary Bousted, even with a three-week delay of now vanishing relevance

It was always going to be tough running schools and colleges during a pandemic. No-one had the route map and strategies that would have to be implemented at short notice, requiring a great deal of work and commitment to get it right.

School and college leaders, teachers, support and school staff have all risen to the challenge and worked tirelessly to keep their schools open and safe.

Yet in these critical times, the education profession is faced with an education department intent on making life more difficult for schools and young people. They have fundamentally failed to grasp, or have wilfully ignored, the impact on learning that a hugely disrupted education system is having on just about every front.

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