THE Covid-19 crisis has meant that this year, out of necessity, GCSE exams have been abandoned in favour of teacher assessment.
There has been a reluctant admission that teachers do in fact know the capability of their pupils and can be trusted to grade them.
Current Year 10 pupils will have missed months of their education so far with more disruption expected.
Schools, of course, have been working valiantly to provide meaningful work to pupils while they are at home, but this is no substitute for face-to-face interaction.
It also puts at a disadvantage those without access to technology. Many pupils are still waiting for the promised laptops and 4G routers from the government, or those without access to private tutors.
It would be unfair to ask them to sit a GCSE exam next summer with such a massive break in their education.
This is not the case for all pupils, of course. I’ve been told by teachers at private schools that some schools have been gloating about how they can exploit this situation.
With access to top-of-the-range technology and learning platforms, many have been able to continue lessons with very little interruption — though the impact on the wellbeing of staff and pupils is another matter.
In response to this, a petition has been set up calling for a reduction of curriculum content for Year 10 and 12 students who will sit exams in 2021.
The petition has received over 100,000 signatures already. While the intentions of this are good, I would go further and suggest