The cancellation of GCSE’s due to Covid-19 means Teachers will now be assessing students on their estimated grades.
Student across England were left with the devastating news that summer exams were cancelled this year. With a whole year of revision and preparation for their final assessments, not being given a chance to demonstrate all their hard work left students concerned about what predicted grades they’ll be awarded.
Due to the third national lockdown, face to face teaching moved online for everyone apart from children of key workers and who are considered vulnerable. For many students this is something very much out of their comfort zone and a massive change to their education.
“I do worry about the mental impact on our young people and I worry dreadfully about their educational future”
Richard Kingstone, Tamworth Councillor and Teacher for The Rawlett School
For Year 11 students their final year of secondary level education is nearly complete. For students to adapt to online teaching in such an important year of their studies was not what was expected.
The preparation for their GCSE’S was something which motivated students as they were expecting to sit their summer exams. Getting the grades they have worked for is detrimental to their next step in education for the majority of students.
” I don’t have the chance anymore and I think this is why it knocks a lot of people’s mental health”
Jess, Year 11 student, Tamworth
With Year 11 students concerned about not being awarded fairly, online teaching continues throughout the pandemic.
In a government announcement, it was said that schools in England could be returning to face to face teaching on March the 8th at the very earliest.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a Downing Street news conference:
“The date of 8 March is the earliest that we think it is sensible to set for schools to go back and obviously we hope that all schools will go back.”