Today (31 August), the Labour Party set out its plans for fair grading for students sitting their GCSEs, A-levels and BTECs in the summer of 2022.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “We have pressed for months for the government to provide information by the start of the autumn term, not only on adaptations to examinations for 2022, but also on its contingency plans. Students deserve clarity and staff need this information so they can take it into account when planning for the new academic year.
“There are no guarantees that the government will meet this timescale, which will be problematic for next year’s exam cohorts.
“School and college leaders are already thinking further ahead than this in relation to the students who will start their A-level and GCSE courses this September, taking exams in 2023. They have had to endure a great deal of disruption to their education already, although we don’t know what the new academic year will bring.
“Even though 2023 might seem a long way off for ministers, schools, colleges and their students cannot afford for time to be wasted in the new academic year. It is not unreasonable to expect the government to be looking forward to 2023’s exam series to avoid the late decisions which have caused so many issues over the past two years.”
First published 31 August 2021