GCSE and A-level pupils will 'STILL face tests this summer'

GCSE and A-level pupils will ‘STILL face tests this summer’: Students ‘will sit mini exams this summer that will be marked by their teachers in new plans set to be unveiled by Ofqual’

  • Tests will be created by exam boards and set to be taken at end of summer term 
  • If schools do not reopen in time students may be forced to do tests at home  
  • A sample of the marked tests will be moderated by exam boards  

Students who had their GCSEs and A-levels cancelled this year will now be taking tests marked by their teachers, exam regulator Ofqual is expected to announce. 

The potential new tests will be created by exam boards and are expected to be taken towards the end of the summer term – in hopes that schools will be fully reopened. 

Internal assessments are also expected to be set by teachers and students may be able to submit portfolios of work, according to The Sunday Times.  

If schools do not reopen in time students may do the tests at home – which could raise issues in terms of them having to find a suitable area to do important work. 

Students who had their GCSEs and A-levels cancelled this year will now be taking tests marked by their teachers, exam regulator Ofqual is expected to announce

Ofqual has not yet explained how examiners will be able to stop students from telling each other what is in the tests if they are held on different dates in different schools.   

A sample of the marked tests will be moderated by exam boards.  

Education minister for Wales, Kirsty Williams, told The Sunday Times: ‘There is potential for some assessment to be done at home and electronically marked. 

University students are doing open-book exams and many schoolchildren are doing work online and submitting work online.’ 

However, education professor at the University of Buckingham, warned that doing tests online could lead to a spike in cheating. 

The potential new tests will be created by exam boards and are expected to be taken towards the end of the summer term – in hopes that schools will be fully reopened

And a legal challenge has today been launched against the government after they failed to ensure that poorer children have the laptops and free internet they need to study online at home.   

The Good Law Project has said hundreds of thousands of children still do not have what they need, 10 months after the government promised they would help up to a million poorer students. 

Ofqual declined to comment but confirmed consultations on summer testing will go ahead next week. 

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