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20 March 2020 01:13

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Coronavirus: All 2020 Scottish school exams cancelled says education secretary

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All of Scotland's 2020 school exams have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Education secretary and deputy first minister John Swinney made the announcement during an update on the situation regarding schools in Holyrood on Thursday afternoon. Mr Swinney said: "In all of our history Scotland has never cancelled our exams. "It is a measure of the gravity of the challenge we now face that I must today announce the exams will not go ahead this year. All of Scotland's 2020 school exams have been cancelled, education secretary John Swinney announced today.

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Mr Swinney, who is also deputy first minister, said the "unprecedented" move was a sign of the "gravity" of the situation the country was facing. A Dundee City Council spokesman said: "We are making progress in dealing with this unprecedented situation and we are looking at how we best use our schools to support vulnerable children, pupils completing SQA coursework and assessments and children of key workers. "Since the announcement was made yesterday, we have moved to identify those vulnerable young people who would receive support while the schools are closed. "We are discussing the recent announcement with head teachers and trade unions and will be providing further details on Friday that will cover the arrangements for the last week of the school term. Exams in Scottish schools this year have been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, education secretary John Swinney announced.

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"In the midst of two world wars the exams went ahead. It is a measure of the gravity of the challenge we now face that I must today announce the exams will not go ahead this year." The announcement follows the decision to close all schools and nurseries by Friday. Students whose exams have been cancelled to stop the coronavirus spread will be given grades so they can still go to college or university, the education secretary has confirmed. Gavin Williamson told Sky News the full details including who would decide those GCSE and A-level grades and what appeals process would be available would be revealed on Friday. Pupils are going to be "out of school for quite a considerable time" because it has the "best opportunity" to stop people transmitting COVID-19, he said.

All schools acorss the UK will close their doors from the end of Friday - apart from to children of key workers and the most vulnerable. Mr Williamson said schools will only re-open when it becomes clear that "is not going to have and impact in terms of spread of the pandemic". And he explained plans to cancel exams for around 5 million young people but still grade them so they can "have the best opportunities in terms of progressing their education, or going into work or on to college". He told Sky News' All Out Politics that vulnerable children - such as those at risk of abuse or who have a social worker - "will still be able to go to school". The government and the exams regulator Ofqal will also be discussing the "best, most accurate and fairest way" of grading students. "These days in schools there's a lot of data around, there's quite a lot of progress data, in some subjects there is assessment, there'll be mock exams in some cases," he said.

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