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Post-primary schools given extra days to prepare for Centre Determined Grades


Two additional days will be set aside for teachers to work on centre assessments for GCSEs, A Levels and other qualifications.


The two days will be known as Qualification Procedure Days 2021 and will available to all post-primary schools, special schools and EOTAS centres with pupils taking qualifications in 2021.


They will be additional to the School Development Days currently available and schools will be able to use these days flexibly at any time prior to 30 June 2021.

Schools will be closed to pupils on these days.


Education Minister Peter Weir said:


“Due to the dedication and professionalism of our teaching staff, young people across Northern Ireland will be able to obtain the qualifications they require to progress to the next stage of education, employment or training despite the Covid-19 pandemic.


“School leaders and teachers are central to the qualification awarding process. In recognition of the additional planning and administration that will be required for teachers to provide Centre Determined Grades, I have decided to set aside two days to support the process.”


The Qualifications Procedure Days 2021 are to support the awarding of GCSE, AS, A Level and other qualifications. They are available to all post-primary schools, special schools and EOTAS centres with pupils taking qualifications in 2021. They will not be available to nursery or primary schools or the small number of post-primary schools which offer Key Stage 3 provision only.


For more information refer to – Circular 2101/04:


www.education-ni.gov.uk/publications/circular-202104-qualification-procedure-days-2021

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