Community groups work with education authorities to avoid Shavuot exam clash

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Community groups work with education authorities to avoid Shavuot exam clash

Board of Deputies has written to Jewish secondary school leaders reassuring them measures are being put in place.

Exam (Photo by Nguyen Dang Hoang Nhu on Unsplash)
Exam (Photo by Nguyen Dang Hoang Nhu on Unsplash)

Communal groups have been working with education authorities to avoid exam clashes over Shavuot.

The Board of Deputies has written to Jewish secondary school leaders reassuring them measures are being put in place. It has been working with the Department for Education and Joint Council on Qualifications (JCQ) to make other arrangements.

A number of exams had been moved from 6 June, which is Shavuot, including GCSE citizenship studies, computer science and sociology and A-level chemistry and sociology.

The letter to school leaders says, however that “regrettably, it was apparently not possible to move A-level economics”.

A JCQ spokesperson told Jewish News: “As with every exam series, JCQ and the exam boards work closely with a broad range of stakeholders within the education sector in order to develop this summer’s GCSE, AS and A-level exam timetable. We consult on the timetable and take lots of factors into consideration – including religious events and festivals as far as possible.

“Following the publication of the exam boards’ provisional timetables, we moved GCSE Citizenship Studies, GCSE Computer Science, GCSE Sociology, A-level Chemistry and A-level Sociology from Monday 6th June 2022.

“Regrettably, it was impossible to avoid holding exams on 6th June 2022 entirely. Despite our best endeavours, we were unable to move A-level Economics and A-level English Language, as moving these subjects would have led to an unacceptable number of timetable clashes.”

The Department for Education has been asked for comment.

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