News002 Exam boards WONT account GCSE Level students work affected strikes

GCSE and A-Level students who missed lessons due to strikes by teachers are unlikely to receive special compensation or extra marks from exam boards. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which represents the UK's eight biggest exam boards, stated that staff shortages that affect a student's preparation for an exam would not entitle the students to extra marks.

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  1. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has said that pupils who missed lessons due to teacher strikes will not be given extra marks by exam boards.
  2. The National Education Union (NEU) has been protesting against the government's pay offer of a £1,000 bonus and a 4.5% rise, calling it 'insulting'.
  3. Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said teachers will lose the bonus and guarantee of the pay rise if they reject the offer when voting closes.
  4. Arabella Skinner, of parents' group UsForThem, stated that children are suffering due to adults' actions, and the least the JCQ can do is to recognize how this could impact their exam preparation.
  5. NEU co-leader Mary Bousted said teachers do not want to strike on exam days but refused to rule it out if members reject the government's pay offer.
  6. The government is preparing for a fresh wave of strike action ahead of the crucial exam period if the deal is rejected.
  7. The Education Secretary stated that the negotiations on pay have come to an end, and the government has gone as far as it can.

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