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GCSE and A-level exams could be pushed back next year to allow students more teaching time, the UK education secretary has said.

Gavin Williamson said Ofqual, England’s exams regulator, was working with the education sector to work out if there should be a “short delay”.

Speaking about a potential delay to GCSE and A-level timetable next year, Nick Gibb, the schools minister, told BBC’s Today programme: “We will come to a decision very soon.”

He said: “We want to have as much teaching time for young people to enable them to catch up.”

Mr Williamson told The Telegraph: ”Ofqual will continue to work with the education sector and other stakeholders on whether there should be a short delay to the GCSE, A and AS-level exam timetable in 2021, with the aim of creating more teaching time.”

Exam season usually begins in May, but the newspaper said sources suggested they could be pushed back to June and July – but they would not cut into the summer holidays.

GCSE and A-level exams were cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Shadow education secretary Kate Green said pupils entering Year 11 and 13 who have lost up to six months of teaching time face “a mountain to climb” unless the timetable is changed.

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