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Delay exams next summer ‘so children can catch up’

SECONDARY school pupils could face further disruption next year if authorities decide to delay the exam season.

Regulator Ofqual has begun making contingency plans for next summer’s exams as pupils attempt to regain months of lost learning, according to The Sunday Times.

It is said to be considering pushing exams from May to as late as July and continuing this summer’s emergency marking system.

An Ofqual spokeswoman said: ‘Our overriding aim is to ensure exams and assessments are as fair as possible and we are working closely with the Department for Education, exam boards and groups representing teachers, schools and colleges, to carefully consider a range of possible measures. We will provide further information in the coming weeks.’

It comes as more schools shelve plans to reopen today in areas where the virus is still spreading too fast.

Health officials at Blackburn and Darwen Council in Lancashire emailed 85 schools on Friday advising them not to reopen today.

Schools in Tameside, Greater Manchester, were told to delay reopening for a fortnight, except for pupils who are vulnerable or children of key workers.

The government has suggested ‘local lockdown’ measures to fight virus flare-ups in particular areas. But Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, called the plan a ‘recipe for chaos’.