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Summer Exams Consultation

We know that the current uncertainty around assessments will mean that many students, particularly in their final year of college, will be feeling unsure and anxious about how this will work and what it will mean for them and their progression. We want to reassure all of our students and their families that we will be working incredibly hard to support them throughout the coming months.

Last year we very successfully awarded Centre Assessed Grades to Huish students, our staff are extremely experienced and professional and we are dedicated to carrying out this important work with the greatest of care and integrity.

As you will already be aware, the Secretary of State for Education has announced that exams won’t go ahead as normal this summer and that the Government will work with Ofqual and exam boards on alternative arrangements. The Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual have launched a consultation for the summer 2021 exam series, for GCSEs, A Levels and Vocational qualifications.

Preliminary Government Proposals for GCSE and A Level Qualifications

“A student’s grade in each subject will be based on their teachers’ assessment of the standard at which the student is performing, using a combination of evidence that might include:

  • results from papers provided by exam boards but set by teachers, to take account of differential learning. This will be supported by mark schemes, exemplar papers, other guidance on standardisation, and training from exam boards
  • non-exam assessment (NEA) in subjects where it applies
  • other performance evidence such formal tests, mock exam results and any substantial work completed by students.

All students can appeal if they don’t believe their grade reflects the evidence of the standard at which they were performing.
Students who aren’t studying within a school or college must be able to receive grades too”

The current timeframe being proposed by the DfE and Ofqual is as follows but may well be subject to change as a result of the consultation:

  • students are assessed by their teachers in a period between May and early June
  • teachers submit grades to exam boards by mid-June
  • external quality assurance is carried out by exam boards throughout June
  • results are issued to students after the quality assurance, most likely in early July.

The Government has said that they “want to hear the views of students who were due to take their exams, their parents and carers” and you can contribute to the consultation via the links below and the closing date for the consultation is 29th January 2021:

GCSEs and A Levels: Consultation on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Vocational Qualifications: Consultation on alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Careers & Skills – Parental Help

As part of our commitment to equipping our students with the opportunity to explore a variety of different career paths, we would like to begin gathering together a list of contacts from across as wide a range of occupational areas as possible. We are all aware of the impact that the current situation is having on our young people and hope that in a small way we might be able to mitigate the present lack of work experience opportunities for our students by providing them with the chance to connect with people in different occupations. We know that our parents/carers/governors have a huge and varied range of skills, knowledge and professional experience that would be invaluable to share with students – so we thought what better place to start!

If you feel you have something to offer and would be happy to support Huish students please complete this very short survey to express your potential interest: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XH9NQ96 .

The next steps of the initiative will be managed very carefully and we will of course provide further details and guidance, as well as ensuring that your permission is sought by a member of Huish staff before any contact or discussions are arranged with student.