This news will be welcomed by the 49% of parents of secondary school children who selected “no exams – teacher assessment only” in a snap Parentkind poll; the most popular option for making exams as fair as possible for all. Parents’ views were gathered in December 2020 in response to the government’s previous announcement that exams would be pushed back three weeks to allow catch-up on missed learning. The poll of 1,189 parents of secondary school children living in England found that only 19% of parents agreed that previous adjusted arrangements for exams would have made them as fair as possible.
With schools now closed to the majority of children until at least half term, parents need urgent clarity on the alternative arrangements to allocating grades. 84% of parents of secondary school children told Parentkind in an October 2020 poll [1,501 respondents] that the lack of clarity over arrangements for exams had had a negative impact on their child’s mental health.