Labour calls for A-level and GCSE exams delay because pupils face ‘mountain to climb’

Labour is calling for next year’s A-levels and GCSEs in England to be delayed in order to help pupils cope with the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Shadow education secretary Kate Green said exams should be pushed back to allow extra teaching time as pupils now face a “mountain to climb” after losing out on up to six months of teaching.

She said exams due next May should be delayed until June or July.

Ms Green said: “Pupils across the country who have missed out on vital teaching time will have a mountain to climb to prepare for May exams unless the government steps in.

“Ministers had warning after warning about problems with this year’s exam results, but allowed it to descend into a fiasco.

“This is too important for Boris Johnson to leave until the last minute. Pupils heading back to school need clarity and certainty about the year ahead.”

Labour is also urging ministers to review the existing support arrangements for post-16 students so that pupils preparing to sit their A-levels are not left without help.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said the proposal was “worthy of serious consideration”.

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