Information regarding Exams this year

Today Gavin Williamson confirmed to Parliament that a teacher’s assessment will be used to determine outcomes for a student’s qualifications once again this year. There will be no algorithm but what I presume will be a process to quality assure the judgements that teachers make. We will await further information from OfQual about this.

We have also received assurance from Pearson, the provider of BTEC courses of the following:

We want to ensure that you are supported by us regardless of the choice that is made by your school or college on whether exams take place. If your college or school decides to offer exams, you will be able to run your external assessments as planned and if your school or college decides not to offer vocational exams, we have agreed the following with Ofqual and the DfE to ensure that no learner is disadvantaged.


  • We will certificate any learner who is unable to take their exams and has enough evidence to receive a certificate that they need for progression.
  • Learners unable to take their assessment this January may be able to take their assessment at a later date. If that is not possible, we will put in place arrangements to ensure no learner is disadvantaged. 


Following Gavin Williamson’s statement and in light of Pearson’s reassurance I have therefore taken the decision to cancel the BTEC Music exam on Thursday 7 January. I apologise for the short notice and any anxiety this matter may have caused. Cancelling any exam is an important decision and I am certain this decision will now not be to the detriment of your child’s final grade and will protect potentially vulnerable members of the community in a time of national health crisis.

I will be in contact with all families of students who would have faced exams this year once the details of the awarding of teacher assessments is known. Please can I ask that you continue to support your child in remote education as this work will likely form valuable evidence in support of the decision around those grades.   



Scott Yalden BSc (Hons) PGCE NPQH


Specialist Leader of Education


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