Year 11 and Year 13 Vocational exams January 2021

Please see the letter below, sent to all families of Year 11 and Year 13 students, via MyEd today:


Dear Parent/Carer,

You will have heard that the Secretary for State, Gavin Williamson, has formally announced that students will not be asked to sit GCSE and A-Level exams this year.  Instead, a Teacher Assessed System will be put in place and we will inform you about this when we are given more details from the Department of Education.

The Department of Education has said that it is down to the judgement of schools to decide if it is right for BTEC and vocational exams to go ahead or not.  As a result, we have taken the decision not to proceed with the BTEC and other Vocational examinations that were scheduled for January and February 2021.  We know that concerns about the pandemic and its impact on the 2021 exams has caused a lot of anxiety for many of our students so we hope that this decision will bring a small amount of certainty at this time.  It will mean that our students will receive a Teacher Assessed Grade giving parity with the approach used for GCSEs and A-Levels.

As a parent, or carer, of a Year 11 or Year 13 student, please reassure them that they will be in no way disadvantaged by this decision and as a school we will continue to support them.  We are already providing remote learning resources and online lessons for students through which they can continue to gain new knowledge and that will make a difference when the time comes.  This learning will also be important in supporting students to transition to the next phase of their learning journey.  It is therefore important that all students continue to learn with us and engage fully with these opportunities between now and the summer – this is how they will demonstrate to us their progress and capabilities. The work they do at home will directly affect the final grades.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Jeremy Richardson
Beckfoot Thornton

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