Cirencester schools have responded to the Government’s decision to cancel GCSE and A-level exams this summer and replace them with grades decided by teachers.
A combination of mock exams, coursework and essays will be used by schools to assess their students, unless pupils volunteer to take written papers in the autumn, Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson announced this morning.
After last year’s fiasco, no algorithm will be used by the regulator to standardise teachers’ grades.
“Cirencester College is pleased to have some clarity about how grades will be awarded this summer and welcome the decision to put teachers’ professional judgement at the heart of the process,” said vice principal Karen Fraser.
“The impact of the pandemic on young people’s learning has been significant and variable, so students cannot be expected to answer questions on all topics, and teachers will appreciate the opportunity to draw on a range of evidence when determining grades.
“However, we are disappointed that some form of reduced exam or assessment isn’t being used to ensure fairness across the country.”
An Ofqual consultation took place between government and schools after last years exam chaos, with over 100,000 responses to the survey according to the Government.
In Parliament today, Gavin Williamson said teachers had a good understanding of their students’ performance.
“I can confirm that no algorithm with be used for this process. Grades will be awarded on the basis of teachers judgement and will only ever be changed by human intervention.”
He said it was vital that students have confidence in the fairness of their grades.
Exam boards are expected to issue grade descriptions and to scrutinize anomalous results in greater detail.
Mr Williamson said children would be tested on what they are taught, not what they have missed.
“All our children and young people have paid a considerable price for the disruption of the past year it has knocked their learning off track it has put their friendships to one side, and it has put some of the wonder of growing up on hold.”
“It has caused enormous damage to what should have been a care free and exciting part of growing up, I am absolutely committed that with this programme of catch up measures and the extra funds for tutoring we can start to put this right.
“Together with the measures we have set out fort a fair and robust allocation of grades young people will be able to look forward to the next stage of their lives with confidence.”
“Our approach in the face of the worst disruption to education since the second world war has been to protect the progress of pupils and students.”
More from other local schools to follow.