Exams 2021: Contingency plans not to be published until November

Schools will have to wait until November to find out about the government’s contingency plans for next year’s examinations – including what role teacher assessment might play.

The Department for Education (DfE) is planning a six-week consultation as it considers measures needed to address any potential disruption that Covid-19 might cause next summer.

In a letter to exams watchdog Ofqual this week (DfE, 2020), education secretary Gavin Williamson said he wants to inform schools of the conclusions of the contingency planning in November.

It comes as the DfE confirmed its plans to delay most GCSE, AS and A level examinations by three weeks next summer.
Just days after the government in Scotland said that exams would not take place next year, Mr Williamson has chosen to follow a different path in England.

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