A-level and GCSE exams likely to be delayed by three weeks next year

Redbridge Council was told students due to sit exams in May will probably face a delay. Picture: Gar

Redbridge Council was told students due to sit exams in May will probably face a delay. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images - Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

Next year’s A-level and GCSE exams “will happen” but are likely to be put back three weeks, according to a senior Redbridge Council officer.

Students due to take exams in May have missed months of schooling.

At a people scrutiny committee meeting this week, the council’s corporate director of people Adrian Loades said: “The plans are being put in place for exams to happen and I know that’s a considerable concern for a lot of pupils and parents at the moment.

“Exams will happen but there’s a lot of water to go under that bridge first.

“We are seeing a high level…. of referrals relating to young people’s mental health. It’s safe to say that Covid-19 is behind some of those concerns.”


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A report by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation published on August 2 notes there is “support for delaying the exams to allow more time for teaching”.

However, it adds: “A number of risks and issues were highlighted… including concerns about the likely impact on the dates by which results could then be published.”

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Around 2,800 Redbridge pupils are at home self-isolating, whether because of suspected coronavirus or due to vulnerability reasons.

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