Today (Tue 30 June) Ofqual has published more details on appeals and confirmed the arrangements for autumn exams.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “NAHT supports the decisionto offer exams for all of the GCSE, AS and A level qualifications this autumn. However, it would be better to use local hubs to accomplish this. An exam series which runs through October and November will be very difficult for schools and colleges to manage in a term where they will need to be focussed on their current students and mitigating the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their pastoral wellbeing and academic progress."
In a recent survey of NAHT members, 75% of respondents stated that an autumn exam series will create a challenge to effectively supporting the academic and wellbeing needs of their current cohorts of students alongside an additional exam series. Three quarters of survey respondents also stated that a lack of available rooms or space for exams and in-person teaching to occur concurrently would be a significant challenge if an autumn series was run in their school or college.
Mr Whiteman continued: “The government and Ofqual must act to ensure that schools and colleges are given significant support, including the options of setting up local hub centres, to be able to meet the needs of students wanting to take these exams as well as focus on what is needed for their current students.”
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