Michael Gove told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “My daughter is set to sit A-levels this year, and my son is set to pursue her high school diploma – I know how difficult it is for students across the country between years 11 and 13 to work.
“We will make alternative arrangements in order to make sure that the students’ hard work in acquiring knowledge and developing their skills is appropriately valued, recognized, and awarded appropriately.”
He said full details are under preparation between Ofqual and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
“One of the things about evaluation is that it necessarily includes those students who are doing certain tasks that teachers will evaluate. Whether or not they are supervised in a certain way by specific granting agencies or others, that is a delicate process,” added Mr. Goff.
School principals urged ministers to avoid their “usual courageous approach” and return students to school as soon as possible. Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the shutdown would be “disturbing to learners who have already been significantly disrupted.”
“Schools and colleges are very concerned about how to make the exams fair in these circumstances,” he said.
“We are keen to work with the government and Ofqual to make this process as fair as possible.”
A spokesperson for Ofqual said: “We know how difficult this is for students, teachers and lecturers.
“We want at all costs to avoid the arrangements for GCSE, A-levels and Vocational and Technical qualifications for this summer, which further harms students.
“We are looking at a number of options to ensure the best possible result in these circumstances.”