HMC General Secretary Dr Simon Hyde said:
“The decision to cancel GCSEs was premature. Exams are the fairest way of assessing what learners know and understand and we would like to see as many pupils as possible take a form of exam in the summer. This, along with a variety of other school assessments, would be the best way for young people to gain qualifications which take full note of differing levels of learning during the pandemic.
“The offer by exam boards to keep international GCSEs open as an option is therefore welcome, and HMC would be the first to cheer if pupils educated by the state had the same opportunity.”