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Petition Reduce curriculum content for year 10 & 12 students who will sit exams in 2021.

A significant number of students will sit their final 2021 examinations. The outcome of which undoubtedly will be their passport, for many of their future life chances and successes. In order for this to be done fairly, it is imperative that the amount of content they are tested on is reduced.

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As an educator myself, I understand the huge benefits of face to face teaching and the positive impact this has on a child’s educational success. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing unprecedented situation, classroom based learning has not been possible. A significant amount of teaching and learning time has been lost (ongoing). This cannot effectively be compensated for by provided remote learning activities.By reducing the content, students will have the opportunity to sit their exams equitably.

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This response was given on 22 June 2020

We are working with Ofqual and the exam boards to put in place an approach to exams in 2021, given the disruption to students’ education this year (including those currently in Years 10 and 12).

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We recognise that Year 10 and 12 students due to take exams next year, and their parents, carers and teachers, are concerned about the disruption to teaching and learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The government is committed to doing all it can to minimise the effects of this. We will be providing further guidance and support for schools that sets out what school leaders and their staff should consider in planning and delivering their school curriculum next year, so that all pupils – particularly disadvantaged pupils – are given the support to make up for their lost time in education due to the pandemic. We have already committed over £100 million to support children in England to access remote education, including providing laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers to vulnerable and disadvantaged children. We are also working with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to explore how schools can best help their pupils address learning loss; this will include the EEF’s extensive, free research into the most effective ways to accelerate pupil progress.

Our aim is that students due to sit exams next year should be enabled to progress successfully to the next stage of their lives, whether in education or employment. We expect exams to go ahead in 2021 and DfE has been working very closely with the qualifications regulator, Ofqual, the exam boards and groups representing teachers, schools, colleges and students to carefully consider arrangements for next year. Ofqual is planning to publish, before the end of term, proposals for consultation on a range of possible measures, with the overriding aim of ensuring that exams and other assessments are as fair as possible, taking into account any public health requirements and the wellbeing of students. Ofqual will publish its decisions as soon as possible after its consultation concludes, to allow time for schools, colleges and students to plan and prepare for next year.

We understand that this is a critical time for students who are due to take exams next year. Since 15 June, secondary schools and colleges have been able to provide some face-to-face support for Years 10 and 12, and students aged 16 to 19 in the first year of a two-year study programme. This extra support is in addition to their remote education, which will continue to be the main method of education for them this term, as only a quarter of this cohort can attend at any one time, to limit the risk of virus transmission. We have published guidance for secondary schools and further education providers, and ensured they have the flexibility to decide how they want to use face-to-face support in the best interests of their students.

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Education Committee responds to request to consider petition on curriculum content for 2021 exams

The Education Committee, a group of MPs who are currently investigating the impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services, has responded to the Petitions Committee's request that the concerns expressed and request made by this petition are considered as part of its inquiry.

Catherine McKinnell MP, the Chair of the Petitions Committee, wrote to the Education Committee last month, to ask that it consider the concerns expressed and request made by this petition as part of its inquiry.

The Chair of the Committee, Robert Halfon MP, has said that the Committee will raise the issue of reduced curriculum content for these year groups at its next session with a relevant Minister from the Department for Education.

You can read the full letter from the Chair of the Education Committee here: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/1745/documents/17486/default/

You can find out more about the Education Committee's inquiry here: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/202/the-impact-of-covid19-on-education-and-childrens-services/

The Education Committee is a cross-party group of MPs and is independent of the Government. The Committee looks at and questions the Government about matters relating education.

You can find out more about the Education Committee on their website: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/203/education-committee/

You can follow the Education Committee on Twitter: @CommonsEd

The Education Committee is a ‘select committee’. Find out how Select Committees work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_2RDuDs44c

Petitions Committee requests a revised response from the Government

The Petitions Committee (the group of MPs who oversee the petitions system) have considered the Government’s response to this petition. They felt that the response did not directly address the request of petition and have therefore written back to the Government to ask them to provide a revised response.

When the Committee have received a revised response from the Government, this will be published on the website and you will receive an email. If you would not like to receive further updates about this petition, you can unsubscribe below.

Petitions Committee asks Education Committee to consider petition

A group of MPs called the Education Committee is investigating the impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services, and has been questioning representatives from the education sector as part of an ongoing inquiry.

Catherine McKinnell MP, the Chair of the Petitions Committee, has written to Robert Halfon MP, the Chair of the Education Committee, to ask that the concerns expressed and request made by this petition are considered as part of its inquiry.

You can read the letter from the Chair of the Petitions Committee on our website here: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/1504/documents/13755/default/

You can find out more about the Education Committee's inquiry here: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/202/the-impact-of-covid19-on-education-and-childrens-services/

The Education Committee is a cross-party group of MPs and is independent of the Government. The Committee looks at and questions the Government about matters relating education.

You can find out more about the Education Committee on their website: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/203/education-committee/

You can follow the Education Committee on Twitter: @CommonsEd

The Education Committee is a ‘select committee’. Find out how Select Committees work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_2RDuDs44c

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