ASCL Northern Ireland responds to exams announcement

15/12/2020
Robert Wilson, Northern Ireland regional officer at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to plans announced in Northern Ireland today for exams in 2021.
 
Responding to plans announced in Northern Ireland today for exams in 2021, Robert Wilson, Northern Ireland regional officer at the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

We appreciate that different views exist over how students should be assessed in Northern Ireland next year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, ASCL Northern Ireland has consistently supported the decision to go ahead with exams, as long as this can be done in a way that is as fair as possible to students.

We welcome the package of measures announced today. They provide clarity for teachers and students, and include a number of actions which recognise the vastly different extent to which students have been affected by the pandemic. We believe they constitute an approach that is as fair as it can be in these very difficult circumstances.

Schools have worked tirelessly to help students catch-up with lost learning over the course of this term, and are wholly focused on ensuring that these young people are prepared for their exams, and are able to progress to the next stage of their lives. We wish them and their students well in the months ahead.”