Exam boards say A-levels and GCSEs can be postponed

The BBC reports that exam boards are telling schools that they can re-arrange GCSE and A-level exams, in the wake of the Manchester attack.

A joint statement from the exam boards says that it will be up to schools to decide whether exams should go ahead.

“Schools and colleges affected by the bombing should contact the relevant exam boards. Students affected should speak to their teachers.‎”

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers are taking exams this week – and young people are believed to be among the victims of the Manchester attack.

The exam boards are not postponing any GCSEs or A-levels, but they are giving schools discretion over whether their pupils take them.

“School leaders are best placed to decide if exams should go ahead and, if they decide they are not, exam boards will make sure that no student is disadvantaged.

The Joint Council for Qualifications says awarding bodies will look at such decisions on a “case-by-case basis and will ensure that there is fairness across the system”.

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