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‘Flexibility’ this year over staying on for A-level

‘Flexibility’ this year over staying on for A-level

Schools and colleges in England are being told by the exams watchdog to be more lenient this year about letting pupils stay on to take A-levels.

Even if pupils do not get the required GCSE grades, Ofqual is calling for “greater flexibility”.

A-levels and GCSE exams were cancelled in the pandemic and exam boards will issue replacement results.

The exams watchdog says schools should put “slightly less weight” on pupils getting “one or two lower grades”.

If pupils do not get the results they expect they can take written exams in the autumn – but that would be too late for those taking GCSEs who planned to start A-level courses in September.

The strained bilateral relations have swayed public opinion, as a recent survey found that 73% of American adults have an unfavourable view of China – an historic high.

Prof Ma published a book called Ambitious and Anxious this January, focusing on Chinese students’ experience in America.

“If I write the book now, I will only keep ‘anxious’ in the title,” she says.

‘Unwanted’ at home

As the coronavirus continues to spread in the US, Tie prefers to return to China, where the outbreak appears to be largely under control.

But the country has ordered sharp cuts in international flights to prevent imported cases, leaving many Chinese students overseas, stranded thousands of miles away from their families.

Ofqual has written to schools and colleges saying this year they might look beyond specific grades and consider “other robust evidence”, such as “if you already know a student and their potential well”.

“You may wish to consider the approach you take for certain students, given they did not have the opportunity to sit exams and other assessments,” says the letter from the chief regulator, Sally Collier.

This summer’s results will be based on factors including teachers’ predicted grades, results in previous exams, performance of the school in previous years and how the school ranked pupils in order of how well they expected them to achieve.

Ofqual warns that teachers could be investigated for malpractice if they tell pupils or parents the predicted grades or rankings submitted by schools before exam boards issue their results.

Read full on https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-53560246

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