Teacher assessments will replace GCSE and A-level exams this summer, Gavin Williamson confirms

GCSE, AS and A-level exams in England this summer will be replaced by school assessments, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed.

Mr Williamson told MPs that the Government will put its “trust in teachers, rather than algorithms”.

The Education Secretary acknowledged that exams are the “fairest way” of assessing what a student knows, but said the impact of the pandemic meant it was not possible to hold exams in the summer.

His comments in the House of Commons came after the Government announced that schools and colleges in England would be closed until mid-February amid the new national lockdown.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed children would be assessed by their teachers instead of sitting end-of-year exams. Exams were also cancelled last summer, but Williamson insisted there would be no return to his department's use of a computer algorithm to apportion grades for university aspirants, which turned into a fiasco.(Photo by ROBERT BODMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The grading of GCSE and A-level students in England became a fiasco last summer when end-of-year exams were cancelled amid school closures.

Thousands of A-level students had their results downgraded from school estimates by a controversial algorithm, before Ofqual announced a U-turn, allowing them to use teachers’ predictions.

Williamson also revealed a support package for students learning remotely due to lockdown.