The National Inspectorate of school examinations has warned that next year’s GCSE and A-level exams could be delayed or even cancelled if there is “further disruption” caused by the pandemic,

Ofqual’s warning comes as The Daily Downing Street briefing said that Boris Johnson has an “absolute commitment to getting children back into school in September” and the Government is planning for a full return to school in the autumn term.

However the spokesman conceded that “specific, localised lockdown” may result in temporary school closures. There were, however, some hints that schools may be prioritised over pubs in this scenario.

Ofqual has set out its plan for the forthcoming academic year, following a consultation that found “general support for a delay to the exams, to allow more time for teaching” although less so “if it meant a potential delay to results”.



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