P-05-1025 Ensure fairness for students taking exams in 2021



P-05-1025 Ensure fairness for students taking exams in 2021


This petition was submitted by National Education Union Cymru having collected a total of 2,022 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

As the Education Minister acknowledges, the last few weeks have been exceptionally hard for young people, who have already been disadvantaged by Covid-19. We welcome the Education Minister’s apology. Now it is vital that the Welsh Government takes urgent steps to ensure students due to sit A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and GCSE exams in 2021 are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged.


The planned independent review is very welcome, and we look forward to hearing further details.


Additional Information:

In Wales, with AS levels, and more focus on coursework, we have had a solid basis on which to judge students work. However, allowances must be made for the time students have missed in school or college.


It is clear to our members that Welsh Government needs to make changes to next year’s exams to build confidence that the grades awarded, upon which young people’s life chances are determined, properly recognise and reward their achievements.


We also believe that Welsh Government should now focus on:


• Reducing the curriculum content assessed across GCSE, Welsh Bacc and A-level exams next summer, by making some topics optional across all subjects.


• Working with educators and trade unions to develop a Welsh system of moderated centre assessed grades in case there is further disruption to exams next summer.


• Using this opportunity to develop a robust system which ensures young people are rewarded for their achievements and not held back due to their background.


An exam hall




This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 09/02/2021.


The Committee considered the correspondence received and, in light of the petitioners satisfaction with the decision that learners due to take GCSE, AS and A-Level assessments in 2021 would instead receive Centre-Determined Grades, the Committee agreed to close the petition and to thank and congratulate the petitioners for their work.


Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 13/10/2020.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Cardiff South and Penarth
  • South Wales Central


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 30/09/2020