There will be no end of year exams for GCSE, A-level and AS-level students in Wales next summer, the Welsh Government has said.
Wales’ Education Minister Kirsty Williams said the Government would work with schools and colleges to use teacher-managed assessments in place of exams, as it remains impossible to guarantee a level playing field due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Assessments will be externally set and marked but delivered within a classroom environment under teacher supervision, beginning in the second half of the spring term.
Work will form the basis for centre-based outcomes, which will be linked to an agreed national approach to provide consistency across Wales.
“We remain optimistic that the public heath situation will 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.”
Ms Williams said the Government had consulted with universities across the UK and they “expect a transparent and robust approach which provides evidence of a learner’s knowledge and ability,” she said. “Our intended approach does just that.”
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