Ben HaywardNovember 10th
2020

Students in Wales will not be made to sit exams for their GCSEs, AS and A-levels in summer 2021.

The Education Minister for Wales, Kirsty Williams said the government had arrived at the decision to ensure both the ‘well-being of learners’ and ‘fairness’ as students will have been made to spend differing mounts of time in school or college during the pandemic. 

Ms Williams said that instead of exams the Welsh government would be working with teachers to implement a system of ‘managed-assessments’. 

These are to be externally set and marked, but will be delivered in a ‘classroom environment’ under teacher supervision, with teachers also to be given the flexibility to decide when is best to carry out the assessments, reports Sky News

Ms Williams said: "We remain optimistic that the public heath situation ill improve, but the primary reason for my decision is down to fairness; the time learners will spend in schools and colleges will vary hugely and, in this situation, it is impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams to take place.

"We have consulted with universities across the UK and they have confirmed that they are used to accepting many different types of qualifications.

"They expect a transparent and robust approach which provides evidence of a learner's knowledge and ability."

She added that a £50 million support package has been put in place to help 16-18 year olds who are currently in exam years. 

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