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Response to cancellation of 2021 GCSE, AS and A Level exams in Wales

Tuesday 10-11-2020 - 12:24

"Teacher-managed assessment must be as robust as possible to ensure the process delivers a fair and accurate result for every student."

Responding to the Welsh Government’s decision to cancel GCSE, AS and A Level exams in 2021, NUS Wales President Becky Ricketts said:

“This decision will give students certainty about how they will be assessed, and I welcome that students and teaching staff now have the time to plan and prepare. This also reinforces that teachers in Wales are valued and are best placed to inform students’ grades ahead of an algorithm.

“The summer’s results crisis demonstrated serious shortcomings in how students in Wales and across the UK were assessed, so I’m pleased that the Welsh Government has followed the advice of the independent review of awarding arrangements for the summer 2020 exam series.

“It is now vital that ministers, Qualifications Wales and WJEC work to ensure students and staff have confidence in the process. Teacher-managed assessment must be as robust as possible to ensure the process delivers a fair and accurate result for every student.

“We would support any calls for additional support for teaching staff to adapt to the implications of these changes. We also believe the situation for vocational qualifications should be set out as soon as possible to provide certainty to those learners.

“It has become clear that exams are not an adequate way of assessing students and NUS Wales is calling for a wider review of the use of exams as a form of assessment.”

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