HMC statement in relation to planning for the summer exam series 2021

HMC General Secretary Dr Simon Hyde has issued the following statement in relation to planning for the summer exam series 2021:

“It would certainly be preferable for exams to go ahead as normally as possible next year. This would provide more certainty and motivation for students progressing with their education or into the workplace.

“Whilst the prospect of an effective vaccine is a cause for optimism, we must also recognise the substantial learning loss that some students have experienced around the country. To enable exams to be as fair as possible in 2021, HMC suggested amending the amount of the curriculum which is covered. Sadly, this was not acted upon in September and it is now very late to do so.

“We have asked the Education Secretary to listen to school leaders and publish sensible alternatives in time for teachers to be able to respond.  There are no easy solutions, but if anything is to be learnt from this year’s ‘examnishambles’, it is that decisions over exam policy should be timely and informed by those with practical knowledge and experience. “