A further statement was released last night by the Welsh Education Minister concerning external examinations.
“We are in an unprecedented period, one that is changing hour-by-hour, and governments around the world are having to make quick decisions. We recognise the worry and anxiety that the uncertainty around the summer exam series was causing. Today I met with
Qualifications Wales and WJEC to consider options that are in the best interests of our learners. We recognise that there are no easy choices but we have agreed that the best way forward is not to proceed with summer exam series. Learners due to sit their GCSEs and A levels this summer will be awarded a fair grade to recognise their work, drawing on the range of information that is available. We will be working with the sector to announce further details shortly but wanted to give this early certainty. We also won’t be using the results to publish performance measure outcomes in 2020.”
We have yet to fully inwardly digest this unprecedented news, the implications of which are far- reaching, in particular for pupils in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13. We are determined to ensure that every one of our pupils is awarded the grades which fairly reflect the standards that they have achieved whilst preparing diligently for these external examinations. We acknowledge that it is a worrying time for our children, and we hope we’ll be able to provide appropriate support which may mitigate these worries.