Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman tells schools not to give students an extended summer vacation

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Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman tells schools not to give students extended summer vacation with up to 100 days of vacation, and warns they will be ill-prepared for exams

  • Ms Spielman said she would like schools to explain how they use summer termsterm
  • GCSEs and A-levels are canceled this year in favor of teacher assessments
  • But schools have let students leave when study leave would normally take place

Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman is urging schools not to give students an extended summer vacation and warned that doing so will leave them ill-prepared for exams.

Ms Spielman said she was concerned that some secondary schools are granting GCSE and A-level students 100 days of vacation during the summer.

She would like schools to explain how they plan to use the rest of the summer term to help graduating students make up for lost time during the lockdown.

Higher education exams, including GCSEs and A-levels, have been canceled this year in favor of in-house teacher assessments, but schools across the country have still allowed students to leave at the end of May – a time typically used as study leave.

Ms Spielman (pictured) said she was concerned that some high schools are allowing GCSE and A-level students to have 100 days of vacation over the summer

Ms Spielman (pictured) said she was concerned that some high schools are allowing GCSE and A-level students to have 100 days of vacation over the summer

Mrs. Spielman told the Guardian: ‘Many students have struggled with distance learning, so they have not come as far as they would have otherwise.

“As a result, they are less prepared for school after 16 or after 18, so it is worrying that some students may end the semester early.”

‘We want to know how schools use the rest of the summer period for these year groups.’

She would like schools to explain how they plan to use the rest of the summer term to help graduating students make up for lost time during the lockdown

She would like schools to explain how they plan to use the rest of the summer term to help graduating students make up for lost time during the lockdown

She would like schools to explain how they plan to use the rest of the summer term to help graduating students make up for lost time during the lockdown

The Ministry of Education has advised schools to take ‘appropriate decisions’ in lieu of study leave, including ‘remote facilities combined with in-person attendance’.

A DfE spokesperson told the publication: “Our guidance strongly encourages all schools and colleges to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible during the summer period to support those students in the next phase of their education, training or employment.”

Some principals have argued that internal teacher assessments are too demanding for teachers so that they would not be free to teach students anyway.

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