I would like to congratulate all students in Old Bexley and Sidcup who have now received their GCSE or A-level results based on teacher assessed grades, giving them the certainty and reassurance they deserve after the difficult past few months.
I recognise that 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, I hope students in Old Bexley and Sidcup are proud of their incredible achievements and hard work.
I welcomed the Government’s decision together with Ofqual to award grades based on teacher assessment. Given the unfairness that the algorithm-based approach clearly created, as well as the impact this has had on confidence in the system, I believe that this is entirely the right thing to have done. I am sorry that this was not addressed much earlier to avoid the anxiety and uncertainty which has been caused.
I would like to thank students for all their hard work, our fantastic local schools for their support they have provided to students during this difficult time and parents and carers for their continued support and the delivery and oversight of their children’s education throughout this challenging period following the closure of schools.
Ofqual are 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.
I want to ensure the vast majority of students are able to continue with their dreams of furthering their study or entering the workplace and I would like to highlight Bexley’s Post-16 decisions at www.bexley.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/post-16-education/decisions-post-16
National Careers Service also provide information online for young people who may not have received the results they wanted or are unsure about their next steps at www.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/careers-advice The Exam Results Helpline is also available on 0800 100 900 for extra advice.
From 1 September, Prospects at Bexley Youth Advice will also be offering post-16 support to Bexley residents without an education place. To arrange an appointment call them on 020 3045 5555 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org