SATs exams will be cancelled in primary schools in England this year

Gavin Williamson said SATs won’t be held across England this year.

The British Education Minister confirmed the news in an announcement from the House of Commons.

It was also announced that the GCSE, AS and A-level exams in England will also be canceled.

Labor MP Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central) said: “Accepts (Mr Williamson) that continuing the SATs this year would put unnecessary and pointless strain on schools?

“And will he take action to cancel this year’s tests and do so in a timely manner?”

Mr. Williamson replied, “I can absolutely confirm that we will not continue with SATs this year.

“We recognize that this is an extra burden on schools and it is very important that we focus very much on getting the students back into the classroom as early as possible.”

In an official statement, Simon Lebus, Interim Chief Regulator of Ofqual said: “We know this is a difficult time for students, their parents and carers, teachers and trainers. Our message to the students is: Please keep doing this fully as possible you can in your training.

“This will be online for the majority of students, or face-to-face for those students who are still in their school, college or training provider.

“This puts you in the best position no matter what your qualifications are made of.

“It is important that teachers and students can focus on the knowledge and skills needed to enable students to move on to the next phase, whether it be college, a Teaching, university or employment.

“The way forward is not easy: exams and standardized assessments are the fairest way to determine what a student knows and can do.

“We have to consider a wide range of qualifications – from A-Levels and GCSEs to many different professional and technical qualifications – and the solution will not be the same for everyone.

“Following the government’s announcement on Monday evening, we must also consider how alternative arrangements work for different students, including those who are independent learners.

“We are discussing alternative arrangements with the Ministry of Education. We know that many are looking for clarity as soon as possible. We will provide further updates as soon as possible.”


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