ASCL recognises the importance of any assessment system being fair to students and also in maintaining standards. The experiences of 2020 mean big questions have to be asked about what standards are. Grades awarded to students should, as far as possible, not compromise students’ individual abilities nor the achievements of cohorts prior to 2020 or those beyond a Covid-19 dominated world. It is important, however, that the unique circumstances which the current cohort of students find themselves in is reflected in any curriculum and assessment adjustments and that the pastoral needs of the pupils due to undertake GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021 are fully understood and reflected in any revisions.
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