GCSE results and BTec grades

Today students receive their final GCSE results based on teacher assessed grades.  

  • This has been an extraordinarily difficult year for young people who have been unable to take their exams due to the coronavirus outbreak. 
  • Although coronavirus caused the cancellation of exams and has overshadowed the annual celebration of results day, the government wanta to ensure that the vast majority of students are able to continue with their dreams of furthering their studies or entering the workplace. 
  • In March, the scientific and medical advice from SAGE and the great majority of other experts was to close schools to protect the NHS and save lives – but every young person waiting for their results wants to know they have been treated fairly, and that they won’t be disadvantaged through any fault of their own.
  • That is why Ofqual, in agreement with Government, on Monday decided to award students the grades which schools and colleges assessed they were most likely to have achieved, had exams gone ahead. If students’ calculated grades are higher than the centre assessment grade, their calculated grade will stand. This is the fairest approach to avoid some students receiving grades that did not reflect their prior performance. 
  • Ofqual are also working to ensure that BTec students can get their results as soon as possible, following a decision by the exam board Pearson to delay results to revise its arrangements to ensure that students’ results are in line with those studying GCSEs and A Levels. 
  • Exam boards are working to confirm these results as soon as possible, recognising the impact that delays are having on schools, colleges and students, and Ofqual have confirmed that no student’s result will go down as a consequence of regrading. 
  • The Education Secretary has apologised for the distress this unprecedented situation has caused for young people and their parents, and I am sure everyone hopes that today’s GCSE results will provide the certainty and reassurance students deserve.


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