will 2022 pupils will be disadvantaged

According to the Telegraph, Pupils leaving school without doing any proper exams will be looked down on by employers, experts have warned. With a note against the year they did GCSE and A Level exams.

Pupils finishing school in 2022 will not have sat any GCSE exams and will also have taken a light A-level syllabus. They are essentially a different qualification to normal GCSE and A Levels. According to John Nield, a fellow at the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and former chief examiner. Writing in the Telegraph.

“There will be an asterisk against those who did exams in 2020, 2021 and 2022,” he said. “Employers will say ‘that was the first Covid year, that was the second...’ It will carry on for years.”

Ofqual, the exam watchdog, has announced exams will go ahead in 2022 with adjustments. Making them lighter than pre pandemic exams. Taking into account the disruption.

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However, Dr Tony Breslin, a former chief examiner who is currently researching the pandemic on education, said these pupils could be looked upon favourably by future employers due to the life skills they have gained during the pandemic.

Totally different skills set

“They won’t have the same qualifications as earlier cohorts, but many of them will have developed skills that other cohorts would not have,” he said.

“Some pupils have returned to school with better independent learning skills and greater resilience.”

Barnaby Lenon, a former member of Ofqual’s standards advisory group, said schools’ predictions for GCSEs and A-levels will be “wildly inflated” and exam boards will have “difficulty” checking the millions of grades.

He explained a major problem with the grading system for the summer of 2011 – which will rely on centre assessed and teacher assessed predictions– is that there will be no attempt to limit the number of grades awarded at each level.

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