12 October 2020

A round-up of this week’s education news.

GCSEs 2021: Mocks plan warning as exam debate heats up. Row over whether all A-level and GCSEs exams should go ahead next year intensifies as heads condemn reported DfE plan B for 'rigorous mocks' as 'half-baked'. Find out more information.

Scottish National 5 exams to be cancelled in 2021. National 5 exams are to be cancelled in Scotland in 2021 and replaced with teacher assessments and coursework. Find out more information.

GCSEs and A-level exams to start later in NI next summer. Find out more information.

GCSEs 2021: Call to make teacher assessment more robust. Relying on a full timetable of exams and Sats next year is 'overly optimistic' and risky, the DfE is warned. Find out more information.

'Weaker schools need help with GCSE teacher assessment'. GCSE students may not be ready to sit exams in eight months' time, former chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw warns. Find out more information.

MPs to debate whether to reduce GCSE content for 2021. Petition calls for students not to be penalised over lack of 'face-to-face' learning time. Find out more information.

We need an exam plan by Christmas, head teachers tell Nick Gibb. Find out more information.

Unions: Allow grade inflation next year – but not as much as 2020. Find out more information.

Prioritise teenagers taking GCSEs and A-levels for Covid testing to safeguard exams in 2021, ministers told. Five education groups have called on the Government to cut down the content in 2021’s GCSEs and A-levels. Find out more information.

Let depressed teens postpone exams, say researchers. Find out more information.

Further Education

Two big exam board winners in third wave of T Levels. Find out more information.

DfE: 94% of further education colleges 'fully open'. Most colleges are delivering a planned mixture of on-site and online learning, according to the data. Find out more information.

Higher Education

Coronavirus: University of Liverpool moves teaching online. Find out more information.

UK students sent home as universities crack down on Covid breaches. Exeter confirmed it had suspended ‘a small number’ of students for breaking rules amid infection surge. Find out more information.