Tom Hunt, member of the Petitions Committee

On Monday 15 March, MPs will debate e-petitions, relating to the impact of Covid-19 on education. Tom Hunt (@TomHunt1988), member of the Petitions Committee, will open the debate. The Government will send a Minister to respond.

Cancel GCSE and A-levels in 2021 replace with Course Work and Teacher Assessment

The petition, which has more than 157,000 signatures, states: “Cancel all standardise testing for year 11 and year 12 students in 2021. By replacing tests with smaller amounts of course work and teacher assessment, students would have a fair chance at achieving their target grades and it would relieve stress for teachers and students.”

In response to the petition, the Government said: “Students will not be asked to sit GCSE, AS and A level exams this summer as planned in light of the ongoing impact of the covid-19 pandemic.”

Allow teacher predicted grades for BTEC students

The petition, which has more than 145,000 signatures, states: “The government should allow BTEC students to achieve teacher predicted grades rather than being forced into a system that is unethically downgrading thousands of students grades.”

In response to the petition, the Government said: “Exams for vocational and technical qualifications are only continuing currently where they signal occupational competency. We will announce arrangements for summer term exams by end of February.”

Keep schools closed until May

The petition, which has more than 148,000 signatures, states: “Please don’t send students back until we know we have had the priority groups vaccinated such as the elderly, the extremely clinically vulnerable, and those with underlying health conditions.”

The petition is currently awaiting a Government response.

Close schools in Tier 4 areas

The petition, which has more than 145,000 signatures, states: “Schools can be a breeding ground for the spread of coronavirus. Children are mingling at schools and returning to families who are potentially vulnerable, keeping rates high.

“It's only been since schools opened that infection rates have been high in Kent, and keeping them open may keep it high.”

In response to the petition, the Government said: “The Government has asked schools and Further Education colleges to restrict attendance from 5 January 2020 for most pupils and students. Early years settings will remain open to all.”

The debate will last 90 minutes, and will provide opportunities for MPs to question Government Ministers directly on these issues. The debate will take place in Westminster Hall from 18:15, and will be available to view on Parliament TV and on YouTube.

Petition details

  • ‘Cancel GCSE and A-levels in 2021 replace with Course Work and Teacher Assessment’ - view on petition signature map.
  • ‘Allow teacher predicted grades for BTEC students’ - view on petition signature map.
  • ‘Keep schools closed until May’ - view on petition signature map.
  • ‘Close schools in Tier 4 areas’ - view on petition signature map.
  • Any Library Briefing Papers for this debate will be available here.

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Where in the country were these petitions signed?

The top 10 parliamentary constituencies that supported the petition ‘Cancel GCSE and A-levels in 2021 replace with Course Work and Teacher Assessment’ are as follows (as at 10 February 2021):

Constituency

MP

Signature Count

Foyle

Colum Eastwood MP

1042

Taunton Deane

Rebecca Pow MP

857

West Tyrone

Órfhlaith Begley MP

729

Hemel Hempstead

Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP

719

Belfast North

John Finucane MP

631

Mid Ulster

Francie Molloy MP

582

Somerton and Frome

David Warburton MP

567

Yeovil

Mr Marcus Fysh MP

567

Thurrock

Jackie Doyle-Price MP

534

North Down

Stephen Farry MP

534

The top 10 parliamentary constituencies that supported the petition Allow teacher predicted grades for BTEC students’ are as follows (as at 10 February 2021):

Constituency

MP

Signature Count

Thurrock

Jackie Doyle-Price MP

775

Great Yarmouth

Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP

762

Bethnal Green and Bow

Rushanara Ali MP

732

Poplar and Limehouse

Apsana Begum MP

728

South Basildon and East Thurrock

Stephen Metcalfe MP

683

Birmingham, Hodge Hill

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP

675

Castle Point

Rebecca Harris MP

593

Leicester East

Claudia Webbe MP

569

Bradford West

Naz Shah MP

557

Birmingham, Ladywood

Shabana Mahmood MP

555

The top 10 parliamentary constituencies that supported the petition ‘Keep schools closed until May’ are as follows (as at 10 February 2021):

Constituency

MP

Signature Count

East Ham

Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP

983

Ilford South

Sam Tarry MP

934

Poplar and Limehouse

Apsana Begum MP

808

Blackburn

Kate Hollern MP

800

Birmingham, Hodge Hill

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP

793

Bethnal Green and Bow

Rushanara Ali MP

762

West Ham

Ms Lyn Brown MP

762

Birmingham, Hall Green

Tahir Ali MP

761

Slough

Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP

752

Ealing North

James Murray MP

700

The top 10 parliamentary constituencies that supported the petition ‘Close schools in Tier 4 areas’ are as follows (as at 10 February 2021):

Constituency

MP

Signature Count

Sittingbourne and Sheppey

Gordon Henderson MP

1729

Gillingham and Rainham

Rehman Chishti MP

1632

Poplar and Limehouse

Apsana Begum MP

1595

Rochester and Strood

Kelly Tolhurst MP

1578

Ilford South

Sam Tarry MP

1548

North Thanet

Rt Hon Sir Roger Gale MP

1519

Dover

Mrs Natalie Elphicke MP

1515

Slough

Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP

1481

Barking

Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge MP

1449

Bethnal Green and Bow

Rushanara Ali MP

1426

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