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No GCSEs, A-Levels in Wales next Summer

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The Welsh educational authorities have announced that there will be no end of year exams for GCSE, A-level and AS-level students in the nation next year.

The education minister, Kirsty Williams, said that in place of exams the government would work with schools and colleges to carry out teacher-managed assessments.

The Guardian reports that educational authorities in Wales are planning a system where assessments would be set and marked externally but delivered within classrooms under teacher supervision. There would be an “agreed national approach” to provide consistency across Wales.

Wukkuans added that: “The wellbeing of learners and ensuring fairness across the system is central in our decision making process. 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.”

“Cancelling exams provides time for teaching and learning to continue throughout the summer term, to build the knowledge, skills and confidence in our learners to progress in whatever they decide to do next”, insisted the Minister.

via The Guardian

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