Dear students and parents,
As you know this has been an exceptional year and there have been a number of policy changes that have been widely reported in recent days. Unfortunately, this has meant that a number of results are not able to be issued within the expected timescales.
All GCSE results have been received and have been emailed to your student email account. Information regarding appeals has also been attached to the email.
We have received the communication below from Pearson’s regarding these results on Wednesday afternoon. We are working with the awarding bodies to ensure that we support them in issuing overall grades as quickly as possible. All updates will be sent to student email accounts.
Following Ofqual’s announcement that A Level and GCSE students are to receive Centre Assessment Grades, we have reviewed the impact on BTEC students and taken on board feedback from teachers, schools and colleges. Following our review and your feedback we have decided to apply Ofqual’s principles for students receiving BTECs this summer.
This means we will now be regrading all the following BTECs - BTEC Level 3 Nationals (2010 QCF and 2016 RQF), BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards, BTEC Level 2 Technicals and BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts.
BTEC qualification results have been generally consistent with teacher and learner expectations, but we have become concerned about unfairness in relation to what are now significantly higher outcomes for GCSE and A Levels.
Although we generally accepted Centre Assessment Grades for internal (i.e. coursework) units, we subsequently calculated the grades for the examined units using historical performance data with a view of maintaining overall outcomes over time. Our review will remove these calculated grades and apply consistency across teacher assessed internal grades and examined grades that students were unable to sit.
We will work urgently with you to reissue these grades and will update you as soon as we possibly can. We want to reassure students that no grades will go down as part of this review.
We appreciate this will cause additional uncertainty for students and we are sorry about this. Our priority is to ensure fair outcomes for BTEC students in relation to A Levels and GCSEs and that no BTEC student is disadvantaged.
Therefore, we ask schools and colleges not to issue any BTEC L1 and L2 results tomorrow as these will be reviewed and where appropriate, regraded.
City and Guilds Level 1 and 2 results
We are currently awaiting results to be issued for Entry 3 Motor Vehicle, Level 1 Motor Vehicle and Level 1 Plumbing. We are working with City and Guilds to resolve this as quickly as possible .
NCFE/CACHE – there will be delayed results for L2 Photography and L1 Health and Social Care. We are working with NCFE/CACHE to resolve this as quickly as possible.