Fenland school issues reminder to students of importance of lessons as government consults on exam grades issue
Students at a Fenland school have been reminded of the importance of continuing to engage with their lessons as the Government begins consulting on how to award grades for qualifications this summer.
Posting on its website the Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech has explained the current situation regarding GCSEs and A-levels.
The statement explains leaders of the Brooke Weston Trust - which runs the Thomas Clarkson - are currently studying the consultation in detail and will be responding as a group for the trust's secondary academies.
It explains the Department for Education and Ofqual have launched the consultation asking views on how grades should be awarded in a way "that reflects students' performance accurately, recognising the disruption they have faced this year".
The move comes after the announcement that this year's summer exams have been cancelled.
Students taking vocational and technical qualifications, such as BTECs and Cambridge Technicals, will face a similar process to ensure they are treated fairly and are equally able to progress.
The consultation runs until Friday night (29) and in summary, Ofqual and the Department for Education propose that: Students would continue with their education during this academic year; students would be assessed by their teachers in a period beginning in May into early June; teachers would submit grades to the exam boards by mid-June; external quality assurance by the exam boards would be ongoing throughout June; results would be issued to students once the QA process is complete, most likely in early July; student appeals could be submitted immediately following the issue of results and would first be considered by schools and colleges.
The academy's statement adds: "We would like to draw your attention to the following statement in the consultation: ‘we propose that teachers should make final assessments of the standard of their students’ performance during late May and early June’ therefore it is extremely important you continue to engage with all your lessons.
"We would like to reassure you that we are here for you and will continue to deliver live lessons whilst lockdown continues. Please do get in touch if you need any help whatsoever, whether academic or pastoral.
"We really do hope to see you back in school soon and in the meantime please take care."