Delay for 'most' GCSE and A-level exams in England next summer

GCSE and A-level exams in England will go ahead next summer, but “most” of them will be delayed by three weeks, the education secretary has announced.

Gavin Williamson said the move would “give students more time to prepare and a chance to catch up on education lost due to COVID-19”.

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“We know that exams are the fairest way of measuring a student’s abilities and accomplishments, including the most disadvantaged,” he said.

“We want to give our young people the opportunity next summer to demonstrate what they know and can do.”

The education secretary came under pressure to resign this summer over a controversial algorithm used to grade pupils whose exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was eventually scrapped in favour of teacher assessed grades, after nearly 40% of A-Level marks were downgraded.