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    Students taking GCSE and A-Level exams next summer are facing a 50/50 change they could be scrapped again, according to one Tory MP.

    Robert Halfon, chairman of the education select committee, made the warning as part of a leaked government report that was compiled to help the NHS and local authorities prepare for a potential second wave this winter.

    In the report, according to the Times, Harlow MP Halfon says he wants exam regulator Ofqual to be set a deadline in October to decide whether to scrap exams next year and again award grades based on teachers’ assessments. 

    Mr Halfon is expected to issue this message on Wednesday before delivering it to education secretary Gavin Williamson on September 16.

    Conservative MP Robert Halfon has warned students taking exams next summer are facing 50/50 chance they could be scrapped and says Ofqual must decide by October

    The Conservative MP argued the decision on next year’s exams should be made quickly so teachers can prepare.

    In the report, he said: ‘It is 50:50 that exams go ahead next summer. Schools, the Department of Education and Ofsted need to work out…how much disruption there will be to pupils’ learning in the coming year.

    ‘Serious analysis needs to be done and then they need to make an announcement about exams within the next few weeks.’

    It comes days after Boris Johnson fired the top civil servant at the Department for Education today saying ‘fresh official leadership’ was needed after the A-Level and GCSE exam fiasco.

    Jonathan Slater has been effectively removed from his post and will leave on September 1, it was announced today, 24 hours after Ofqual chief executive Sally Collier resigned from her post in the wake of the grading U-turn.

    Ofqual was heavily criticised for its handling of the process for awarding grades after exams were cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis as chief executive Sally Collier resigned

     Ofqual was heavily criticised for its handling of the process for awarding grades after exams were cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis as chief executive Sally Collier resigned

    It means that of the people in the top positions overseeing the grading for exams that were not sat because of coronavirus, only Education Secretary Gavin Williamson remains in his post despite numerous calls for him to go.

    Gavin Williamson is expected to be grilled on September 16  about this summer’s exams fiasco.

    Ofqual was heavily criticised for its handling of the process for awarding grades after exams were cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis.

    The regulator used a controversial algorithm to calculate student grades but it was ditched after it emerged that 40 per cent of grades had been downgraded below teacher estimates.

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