ASCL comment on qualifications system announcement in Wales

20/01/2021
Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the announcement of changes to the qualification system for summer 2021. 
 
Commenting on the announcement of changes to the qualification system for summer 2021, Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, said:
 
“The Education Minister’s decision shows faith in teachers in Wales who have led students through their studies during a difficult year of disrupted education. In particular the decision to remove any element of compulsory external testing and to instead offer it as an optional resource is a pragmatic solution and offers schools the opportunity to further evidence the progress their students have made. It also potentially provides schools with some element of an external benchmark in the event of appeals. These forward-thinking proposals will take away some of the uncertainty for students moving into the summer term, with the emphasis on continuous study, whether or not they are able to physically be in the classroom, and we thank the Design and Delivery Advisory Group for their hard work on this. There are still elements to be fleshed out in terms of quality control and assurance but these proposals give a framework that both students and school leaders can work within and put their trust in.”