Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on CCEA’s announcement of a reserve series of A-level and some GCSE exams for candidates who miss exams due to illness or self-isolation.
“We are fully supportive of exams taking place this summer and welcome the additional measures introduced by CCEA, which will reassure students who have endured continual disruption to their exam courses over the past two years. These are sensible measures alongside other mitigations already in place, including unit omissions.
“The mitigations now in place, while not perfect, are broadly fair to students. These steps, together with the Department of Education’s recommendation that schools can now prioritise teaching of the mandatory units of assessment in order to prepare students for this summer’s exams, will allow young people to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills.
“We thank CCEA and the Department of Education for their focus on young people, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of exams and portability of Northern Ireland qualifications.”