Education secretary to look into use of ‘externally set tasks’ to help teachers in England assess final grades

GCSE and A-level grades are likely to be assessed by schools partly using cut-down versions of exams, after the education secretary and England’s exam regulator included them as options in a consultation on how to award grades this summer.

Gavin Williamson, in a letter to Ofqual, the exam regulator for England, said he wanted to examine the use of “externally set tasks or papers” to help teachers assess the final grades their students will receive, with assessments replacing the full set of exams that have been cancelled this year.

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