North East schools say Government's new exam grade plan is 'welcome but overdue'

Report by Katie Cole

Schools North East, which represents schools across the region say the new plan for exam grades is welcome, but should have come sooner.

Maura Regan from the group described the announcement as a "positive move" from a "difficult situation".

The Education Secretary has announced A-level and GCSE students will receive teacher-assessed grades earlier in August, to give them more time to appeal.

Ms Regan said:

How will it work?

In England, all pupils will be allowed to appeal their grades at no extra cost, and will also be given the chance to sit exams in the autumn if they are still unhappy with their results.

Exam boards will provide teachers with optional assessment questions for students to answer to help schools decide what grades to award, after this summer’s exams were cancelled due to the pandemic.

When it comes to vocational courses, the results for some qualifications will be released in the week of August 9. Students studying vocational and technical qualifications will also receive grades assessed by teachers.