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Pupils sitting the first external summer exams for three years have been telling schools saying they don’t feel like taking them and asking if they can sit them “next week". Dr Llinos Jones, headteacher of Ysgol Bro Myrddin in Carmarthenshire, said schools have a task ahead stressing the importance of education to parents and children after pandemic closures and online lessons.

“We are seeing, for the first time, with external exams, children phoning in saying 'sorry, we don’t want to do it this week, we want to do it next week'. Well, no, the situation does not allow you to do external exams next week. Peoples’ attitude to education has changed during the pandemic.”

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