The Secretary of Education has announced that teacher ratings for the GCSE and A-Level exams in the UK will be changed this summer.
“This year, we’re going to put more faith in teachers than instructions,” Gavin Williamson told lawmakers in public.
He divided his plans for the students as the MPs prepared to vote The latest national lockout in the UK, Mr Williamson said the author would use a form of assessed standards, training to ensure the standards are delivered “fair and consistent”.
His announcement comes after the government closed schools and colleges across the country until mid-February.
Vulnerable children and those who are the main staff of the parents can continue to go to school, and nurseries and babysitters can remain open.
University students cannot return to campus, but can continue learning at a distance.
Announcing that the GCSE, A-Levels and AS-Level exams will not progress, Mr Williamson said: “Last year, all four countries in the United Kingdom found that arrangements to provide standards did not meet their requirements, and the impact was felt to be painful for students and their By parents.
“Although exams are the best way to assess what a student knows, the impact of this epidemic is that it is not possible to hold these exams this year right now.
“I can assure you that the GCSE, A-Levels and AS-Level exams will not progress this summer.”
He also said that SATs across the UK will not progress this year.
The quality of GCSE and A-level students in the UK turned out to be a failure last summer, with year-end exams canceled amid school closures.
Thousands of A-level students downgraded their results from school assessments in a controversial way, and Offcall – the exam regulator for the UK – announced U-Turn, which allowed teachers’ predictions to be used.
Mr Williamson acknowledged that the exams were “the best way” to assess what a student knew, but said the impact of the epidemic was that they could no longer progress.
He confirmed that his daughter was one of the students who did not appear for his GCSE exams this year, and he believes that today’s report has given students and parents a “clear and clear sense of where we are going”.
“We will follow this up with more detailed advice on the offline that will be launched next week,” he said.
Commenting on the school closure, he said that schools were “better prepared than last March” to implement home learning and that he expected schools to provide three to five hours of teaching a day.
Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that deregulation was not a “gradual process” and a “big bang” – schools were “the first things to reopen”.
“That moment may come after mid-February, however we have to be very careful about the timetable,” the prime minister told MPs.
Robert Halfone, chairman of the academic selection committee, had earlier told Sky News that the situation with regard to schools was “a mess”.
“Now we need to move forward and make sure we have an exam system that is a playground for students and reasonable for the underprivileged,” he said.
Downing Street later said Mr Johnson continues to have faith in Mr Williamson and believes he is the best person for the job.
The prime minister’s press secretary, Alegra Stratton, told reporters that Mr Williamson had prepared a set of “complete and comprehensive” measures for children studying at home.
“This is a huge summary and the Prime Minister believes the Secretary of Education is doing it with his talent,” Ms Stratton added.
The other three countries are taking a similar approach, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon imposing locks on Scotland throughout January and closing schools until February.
Schools and colleges in Wales will be closed until at least January 18 for online learning, and the GCSE and A-Level exams have already been canceled.
In Northern Ireland, students will learn remotely until the interim break and all scheduled GCSE and A-level exams will be canceled.
Analysis: Williamson is fighting
John Craig, Chief Political Correspondent
He has been described as “stumbling”, “complicated” and “unhappy”, accused of leading a “shake” and “failure” and facing calls to be fired.
But in a public statement, he feared there would be severe tin-like pain in the editor-in-chief’s study, a protester Gavin Williamson has been fighting.
The U-turn of the Secretary of Education’s inevitable – and widely predicted – schools and exams does not mean the end of the anxiety and anger of teachers and parents. But it may have bought him some time.
He sought to alleviate the catastrophe of school closures by throwing money at the issue, which was his only way out due to the gravity of the massive disruptions now being caused to students.
So, there is money not only for laptops, but also for food parcels or free school meals. It is clear that Mr Williamson wants to avoid another war with star footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford.
There is also an effort to ensure that distance learning happens by making it a legal requirement. Does it make any difference?
Labor’s Gate Green said 1.78 million children do not have access to laptops or iPods, a dangerous number.
This thing has already been done, but distance learning is great for the children of comfortable, middle-class white-collar professionals who work from home, but it may not work well for hard-working parents in low-paying jobs.
But the biggest problem is the uncertainty about the exams, and the concern raised with Mr Williamson by some Conservative MPs.
Children who need to sit for GCSE and A-levels should also be concerned about going to three DSs: D-motivated, depressed and depressed.
Mr Williamson will not escape the prime minister’s cabinet reshuffle, whenever it comes, at least in his current job.
His supporters would say the epidemic had sustained him if not more difficult and impossible.
Many lawmakers would argue that Boris Johnson should have ruled him more and sided with Matt Hancock and Michael Cove.
Many Tories are angry with Mr Williamson for being too lenient with what they consider to be the “Trots” who run the teaching unions.
When he was secretary of defense, government locals called Mr. Williamson a “private bike.”
Now his critics will argue that things like Captain Minewareing make mistakes from U-turn to U-turn.
However, after this public statement, criticism from Tory MPs and the opposition may have been worse.
Some Tory MPs – including Robert Halfone, chairman of the often-criticized Academic Selection Committee – actually praised him for some of his announcements.
At the end of his response to Kate Green, Mr. Williamson was surprisingly animated and emotional. At least – like Captain Minewearing, maybe – he’s not going down without a fight.