In a letter to all MPs, Mr Williamson says after consultations with teachers, exam boards and Ofqual most summer exams and assessments will start three weeks later than planned, without delaying students’ progress to their next stage of education or training. But one maths and one English GCSE paper will take place before the May half-term, so allowing year 11 pupils who need to self-isolate to sit at least one paper in these core subjects.
The Government has also released details of a ‘catch-up package’ worth £1 billion to provide extra support for pupils who may have missed tuition because of disruption.
Mr Liddell-Grainger, Conservative member for Bridgwater and West Somerset said the department was doing its best to ‘forecast the unforecastable’. “Clearly as we move into the winter and the virus strengthens its grip on the country detailed planning of any kind for any event, occasion or activity is virtually impossible,” he said. “But I am very glad the Secretary of State is already looking beyond the immediate future, beyond whatever the winter months may hold by way of further disruption and on to a period where some degree of planning can be implemented with some degree of certainty. I know teachers and parents will be grateful for this strategic approach which will reassure them that the department is doing its best to ensure children continue to have not merely the best access to learning resources but the fairest assessments of their standards and achievements at the end of the educational year.”