Schools are to decide whether to go ahead with exams after Manchester terror attack

Following the recent terror incidents in Manchester, exam boards are telling schools affected by the attack that they can decide whether or not to go ahead with GCSE and A-Level exams.

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

A joint statement from exam boards has stated schools are ‘Best Placed’ to make a decision.

Hundreds of thousands of students are set to take exams this week and it’s young people who are among the victims on the Manchester attack.

“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”.

Any students affected by the incidents in Manchester and believe it will impact their exams are advised to contact their teachers.

The Joint Council for Qualifications says awarding bodies will look at individual cases following the attack to ensure that there is “fairness across the system”.


“The most important thing is that centres contact their awarding bodies and students contact their teachers for guidance,” says the JCQ.

A statement from the Joint Council for Qualifications says “Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by last night’s terrible incident in Manchester.”

Source: The BBC