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Schools Minister explains how children will be assessed by teachers this year

Schools Minister Nick Gibb joined Good Morning Britain to discuss the return to schools, the exam process and confirmed the government is 'strongly recommending' mask wearing in the classroom.

Gibb told Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard students would only be assessed based on what they have been taught so far this year.

The Minister also confirmed mathematical algorithms would not be used to decide grades following the exams results fiasco from last year.

"It is important not to proceed with exams this year because of the unfairness of [homeschooling]," Gibb said. "In its place the teacher assessment will be based on assessing the attainment of their students only on what they have been taught, that's how you bring in the fairness.

"The teacher will need to provide a range of evidence of the attainment of that student on the curricular that has been taught. If there is no evidence it own't be possible to award a grade."

Mr Gibb also said after last summer's exam fiasco quality assurances is in place to ensure the fairest system possible this year.

Asked if the algorithm was a total disaster last year, Mr Gibb said: "We learnt a huge amount last summer and we will not be having any kind of mathematic algorithm to decide grades.

"Any adjustment to grades will be human intervention not mathematical algorithm."

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