Community groups work with education authorities to avoid shock from Shavuot exams

Communal groups worked with education authorities to avoid clashes between Shavuot exams.

The Council of Deputies has written to leaders of Jewish high schools reassuring them that measures are being put in place. He worked with the Department of Education and the Joint Qualifications Council (JCQ) to make other arrangements.

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

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The letter to school heads indicates, however, that “unfortunately, it has apparently not been possible to move up to level A in economics”.

A JCQ spokesperson said Jewish News: “As with every series of exams, the JCQ and the exam boards work closely with a wide range of stakeholders in the education sector to develop the schedule for the GCSE, AS and A-level exams. this summer. We consult on the calendar and take into account many factors including religious events and festivals where possible.

“Following the publication of the provisional examination board schedules, we moved GCSE Citizenship Studies, GCSE Computer Science, GCSE Sociology, A-level Chemistry and A-level Sociology as of Monday, June 6, 2022.

“Unfortunately, it was impossible to avoid entirely the holding of the exams on June 6, 2022. Despite our best efforts, we were not able to move the A level in economics and the A level in English, because moving these subjects would have resulted in an unacceptable number of scheduling conflicts.

The Department of Education has been invited to comment.

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