Commenting on the proposals from the Labour Party to delay next years exams, Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: 
 
"Labour Party proposals to delay GCSE and A level exams usefully starts a debate about how young people sitting these qualifications should be assessed. They are an important part of the solution that needs to be considered alongside others.
 
'What is needed, for this year, is a forensic examination of all the possibilities of disruption to next year’s exams - for instance, in the case of a second spike or local lockdowns.  Alternative systems of assessment must be put in place to ensure that there is no repeat of the last minute changes to the awarding process which created such chaos this year.
 
'The NEU has written to Gavin Williamson asking him to slim down the syllabus content of GCSE and A levels and put a system of robust teacher moderation in place.  After months of disrupted schooling it is imperative that students are assessed on what they have been taught."
 

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