Schools and pupils will be happy to have a plan for this year’s results season. The disastrous algorithm is ditched, with grades assessed and awarded by teachers. What does this involve? Well it’s up to schools to decide what evidence they use. How pupils will catch up Summer schools and extra cash pledged by government to help children learn Things like mock exams, essays, coursework are all possibilities. As for the “mini exam” idea, that is optional and would take the form of mini questions set by exam boards. The government says its approach is all about “fairness and flexibility”, and certainly teachers are glad they’ve been trusted with grading. Advertisement But there is a big question about consistency and reliability of grades if every school uses a different system. Teaching unions aren’t convinced and think ministers have made a “serious error of judgement”. More from Covid-19 COVID-19: Pfizer vaccine is highly effective at preventing serious illness or death, landmark real-world data confirms COVID-19: ‘Frustration’ as Ireland’s vaccine programme lags behind UK COVID-19: One in seven people now have coronavirus antibodies as vaccine rollout continues COVID-19: Hospital staff ‘nervous’ over PM’s lockdown plan as ‘cold wave’ adds to pandemic pressures… Read full this story
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