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Crawley students will get GCSE and A-Level grades without exams because of coronavirus



Students across Crawley are to be given grades for exams which have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

The aim is to release the burden off students and teachers.

The education secretary has confirmed that the full details of how this would work, how grades would be decided and any appeal process that may occur would be revealed by the end of the week.

Speaking to Sky News Mr Williamson explained that the plans for cancelling exams but still grade them was so that they ‘have the best opportunities in terms of progressing their education, or going into work or on to college’.

It was also confirmed that Ofqal (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) will be discussing with the government about the best and fairest way of grading students.

The full details are expected to be announced tomorrow (Fri 20th March).


West Sussex refuses to support Crawley schools decision of NOT fining parents for keeping children absent



September seems to creeping ever closer and with it comes the supposed return to school for children across the town.

But with the news that parents ‘must’ send their children back to school come the start of the new school year, also came the news that one head in paticular had gone on record to say he would not fine any parent who kept their child at home.

Head of St Wilfrid’s Michael Ferry was interviewed on breakfast television where he stated that he would not fine a parent. This then led to a whole debate about who was right and what the right decision should be.

Now West Sussex County Council has added to this furore by refusing to support a decision to not fine a parent made by any head teacher or school in Crawley.

In a statement a West Sussex County Council Spokesperson said:

“We welcome the plan for all children to return to the classroom in September after, what has been for many, a lengthy absence.

“We recognise that some children may be anxious about returning to school and will work closely with our schools to help them prepare children and build the confidence of parents  and carers in the plans for a safe and managed return.

“We will continue to work with schools to engage with and support parents and carers in getting their children back into school before considering issuing penalties for poor attendance. Issuing fines for non-attendance is always a last resort.”

The lack of apparent support from the county council shows an ever growing divide on decisions being made around the ongoing problems with the coronavirus.

Responding to the comments from West Sussex, Michael Ferry said:

“The guidance allows head teachers as far as they can to make local decisions to meet the needs of their school communities.  If one of those decisions happens to be that we are not going to fine people for something that isn’t their fault then I would expect the local authority to support the headteachers in doing so.

If only 10% turn up when we reopen then I would say I have failed because I have not got across the message about what measures we are taking to protect our students.”

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