Commenting on guidance issued today by the Joint Council for Qualifications on the grading of GCSE and A-Levels this summer, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Once again, with blatant disrespect for teacher and school leader workload, guidance has been issued on a vital process at the end of the week and on the cusp of their holidays. While the guidance itself is helpful and comprehensive, any Government worth its salt would have been preparing for this eventuality from September, so that everything was ready to go as soon as the decision was made to cancel exams. School leaders and teachers now need assurances from the Secretary of State that no new requirements will be made of them, so that they can focus on carrying out high quality assessment.”