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Confirmed Date for Welsh GCSE and A-level Results Day 2020

Its official the dates that Welsh Students will get their GCSE and A Level results has been announced.

Both AS and A Level student will receive their grades on 13th August and GCSE students will be handed out on 20th August, as originally scheduled.

All GCSE and A-level students in England and Northern Ireland will also receive their results on the same dates.

This announcement from Kirsty Williams, Welsh Minister for Education comes after the exams for all students across Wales had their exams cancelled this year due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

All schools across the UK were closed in March 2020 as a means to help contain the spread of the virus, only a few hubs staying open to accommodate children of key workers and some schools opening for few hours at a time to allow them to be a pick up point for free food parcels for families on free school meals.

When it was announced that no pupils would have the opportunity to sit their exams this summer, they were advised that they instead they would be awarded a "fair grade" from their school teachers based on previous work and As results for final A Level grades.

The teacher assessed grades are going to be based on what that teacher would expect a learner to achieve at the end of the course, no chance for students to have a last ditch attempt at bettering their grade this year’s unfortunately.

 

Welsh Minister for Education Announcement

Welsh Government Education Minister Kirsty Williams made this announcement confirming this year’s results day on Thursday 16th April 2020, just after the Department for Education confirmed results days in England would go ahead as planned.

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Minister for Education said the confirmed date for Welsh GCSE and A-level Results will "providing clarity" and "ensuring learners are not disadvantaged in accessing their university places by a divergence in results dates" were key priorities during these uncertain times.”

She added that “sticking to the existing results dates has been the intention in Wales, supported by the advice of an independent exam regulator Qualifications Wales.”

"Proposals in England to move to a much earlier results day introduced an unnecessary risk, and I had expressed my concerns to counterparts in the UK Government, as well as the education sector here in Wales and UCAS.”

"I therefore welcome today’s announcement for England."

"Education Ministers from across all governments in the UK have worked well together during these challenging times, but on this occasion, I regret that we were unable to make a joint announcement.”

"GCSEs and A Levels are shared and owned across three countries within the UK.”

"Making a joint announcement would have helped provide much needed assurance and certainty for all of our learners, their parents and practitioners at this difficult time.”

"I hope that now confirmation of results day has been provided that our learners are able to make future plans with a little more confidence, although I recognise this continues to be a time of great uncertainty."

 

 

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