The national consultation follows news in recent weeks that all GCSE and A Level exams are cancelled this year in the UK due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be the second year running that students have not sat their exams, and instead received grades based on teacher assessments.
Rod Bristow, president UK & Global Online Learning, Pearson said:
"For the second year running, COVID-19 will force us all to adapt and rethink how we both educate and assess our young people. While we work with the government, schools and colleges and other exam boards to make sure the system delivers for learners in 2021, we also have a responsibility to look further ahead and use this unique moment to consider all of the issues.
"So far, public debate is focussing narrowly on whether GCSEs should be scrapped but we recognise that GCSEs are just one stage in the age 14 to 19 journey. Coherence across all stages of education is essential and Covid aside, we need to ensure what young people learn, how they learn it and how it is assessed, is fit for the 21st century."
The findings of the consultation will be published in an interim report in April, there will be a final report in Autumn 2021.
The consultation will consider three key areas affecting secondary students in the UK: