ASCL comment on Labour’s call for exam clarity

06/07/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Labour’s call for the government to set out plans for assessments in 2022 by the return to school on 1 September.
 
Commenting on Labour’s call for the government to set out plans for assessments in 2022 by the return to school on 1 September, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

Schools and colleges need clarity by September about the plans for next summer’s exams so that they know what to teach their exam-year students. 

“These young people have suffered huge educational disruption to widely differing extents and adjustments will be needed to GCSEs, A-levels and other qualifications in 2022. 

“The most obvious adjustment is to provide advance notice of topic areas in exams so that learning can be focused accordingly and students don’t end up having to answer questions on something that they haven’t covered in sufficient depth.

“But schools and colleges obviously need to know when and what advance notice might be given so that they can plan accordingly, and after 15 months of disruption students deserve to know what to expect. 

“They also need to know what a ‘Plan B’ might look like in case exams aren’t able to go ahead as planned for a third year, so that they can prepare for that possibility. 

“The government’s record on providing clear plans in a timely manner has not been good during the course of this crisis and it must not let this matter drift.”