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Gavin Williamson Was Under Pressure Tonight To Explain How Teachers Will Be Able To Accurately Grade GCSEs And A-levels For Pupils After The 2021 Exams Were Cancelled Due To Covid

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Gavin Williamson was under pressure tonight to explain how teachers will be able to accurately grade GCSEs and A-levels for pupils after the 2021 exams were cancelled due to Covid. 
The Education Secretary announced to the Commons this afternoon that papers that were due to be sat in May and June this year will be replaced by school-based assessments.
Sats exams for primary school children will also not be held this year, the under-pressure minister confirmed as he  finally faced MPs amid chaos over the decision to close schools during the new lockdown. 
But he faced criticism from across the political spectrum as he failed to set out details of how teachers would maintain standards and avoid grade inflation and other issues, saying it was still being 'fine-turned' with the help of regulator Ofqual, exam boards and teaching unions.
Pupils have not been able to sit mock exams because of the lockdown and last year's closures mean they have had only a single term of in-person teaching in classrooms in the current academic year. 
Last month, Mr Williamson gave an 'absolutely' cast-iron guarantee that exams in England would not be cancelled this academic year, after the shambled that surrounded grades last summer.
Conservative chairman of the Education Committee Robert Halfon demanded  assurance that the standard of grades would be maintained.
He said it was vital there was a 'level playing field for disadvantaged children' and a fair appeals process.
He added: 'Will he make sure that there are independent assessors, perhaps retired teachers or Ofsted inspectors, to provide a check and balance for each assessed grade awarded? 
'Will he do everything possible to ensure teachers and support staff are given priority for vaccinations alongside NHS workers so we can get our schools open again sooner rather than later?'    
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said there could be no ' repeat of the shambles of last summer'.
'The Education Secretary's vague statement does not take us a great deal further forward other than to set out the broad parameters for the exam regulator Ofqual to work out a detailed plan,' he said.
'It is frustrating that there is not an off-the-shelf Plan B ready to go.

We have repeatedly called on the Government and the regulator to prepare such a plan in the event of exams being cancelled, and have repeatedly offered to work with them in doing so.
'However, ministers have been so busy insisting that exams will take place that they have failed to ensure that there is a contingency system which can be immediately rolled out.

This is, http://gg.gg/nv8jm frankly, a dereliction of duty.' 
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Conservative chairman of the Education Committee Robert Halfon (above)  demanded assurance that the standard of grades would be maintained.

He said it was vital there was a 'level playing field for disadvantaged children' and a fair appeals process.
Charlotte Rose assists one of her children, who is being home schooled in Milton Keynes today
Perivale Primary School is closed after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced all educational setting must shut until February 22
The Education Secretary announced to the Commons this afternoon that papers that were due to be sat in May and June this year will be replaced by school-based assessments 
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