Statement in response to the Secretary of State’s announcement on Educational Settings

In response to the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, and his announcement to the House of Commons (18/3/20) on tackling the public health challenge of coronavirus in educational settings;

Tom Bewick, the Federation’s chief executive, said:

“We welcome the leadership and clarity that the Secretary of State has brought to the education and examinations system.

“This unprecedented public health emergency of tackling the coronavirus demands extraordinary measures. That includes systematic school closures and the cancellation of communal examinations and other physical assessments this summer.

“As exam boards and awarding bodies, we have already been working tirelessly with government officials and regulators behind the scenes to put in place the necessary contingency plans to ensure that pupils, students, apprentices and employers’ staff can continue to be recognised for their achievements. This work will continue.

“Over the coming days we will set out clearly the options for ensuring that those who rely on examinations and assessments in both academic and vocational settings are not disadvantaged.”

Ends.

You can view the letter here.

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