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Education Committee to hold evidence sessions on i) Covid catch-up plans and ii) Awarding of student grades

25 February 2021

Following announcements this week on Covid catch-up funding for schools and arrangements for awarding grades to students this summer, the Education Committee will be holding evidence sessions with both the Government’s new education recovery commissioner, and Ofqual and the School Standards Minister.

On Tuesday 2 March at 10am, the Committee will take evidence from Sir Kevan Collins, the Government’s education recovery commissioner, along with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

The session will examine the Government’s proposals to help pupils catch-up on lost learning and consider what more needs to be done to support children and young people to thrive academically.

On Tuesday 9 March at 10am, the Committee will take evidence from Ofqual, the exams regulator, and the Minister for School Standards, Nick Gibb MP. The hearing will consider the arrangements that are being put in place to determine student grades following the decision to cancel exams this summer.

Areas likely to be covered will be how teacher assessments are to be made, how grade distribution will be managed, mechanisms necessary to ensure fairness, procedures for dealing with appeals, as well as the position of private candidates. The session will also look at the alternative arrangements needed for vocational and technical examinations.  

The meetings will be available to watch live and on demand on Parliament TV.

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