GCSE and A-Level oral examinations will not take place this summer, the CCEA has confirmed.

It comes after it was previously announced that written exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Schools across Northern Ireland have been closed as part of a UK-wide lockdown.

Exams body the CCEA said students “should still be working towards completing their programme of study”.

It added: “We will provide further updates as soon as possible.”

Education Minister Peter Weir has advised that the CCEA will work with other awarding organisations to develop a process for awarding grades.

The minister said: “The plan is to use a combination of prior achievements, internal teacher-assessed tracking information, predicted grades and analysis and modelling of existing data trends to provide the necessary assurance about the robustness, accuracy and fairness of the grades being awarded.”

The CCEA said: “CCEA are finalising options for the awarding of grades for GCSE and GCE qualifications and will shortly be advising the Department of Education on this.

“As part of our deliberations, we are considering a broad range of data and information that may be used.

“Until our grading work is finalised and considered by the Department of Education, we are asking that examination centres retain coursework so that it may be available for future consideration and reference.”