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GCSE 2020 Update 31/03/20

Dear parents/carers,

We hope that you and your families safe and well.  With an announcement around the government’s plans for GCSE results expected later this week, we wanted to reassure you that we are maintaining close contact with government agencies and exam boards to ensure that your child receives grades representative of their ability and performance over the time they spent at MEA, and that support around transition to post-16 routes will still be available.  Please see below for the most recent update from Ofqual, who oversee exams and results in the UK:

‘Students understandably want reassurance, and teachers urgently need to know what to do, and when. We expect to publish detailed information about the process and timetable which will apply this summer next week. This will include the steps we would like teachers to follow and more detailed guidance on how to consider the full range of evidence they will have available when submitting their assessment grades. We are talking to teaching representatives to make sure that what we are planning is manageable and appropriate, so that students, parents, carers and teachers can have confidence in the approach.

We will outline by Easter the process we will follow to make sure grades are fair across schools and colleges, as well as our proposals for appeals. We will also say more as soon as possible about the arrangements for additional exams in the new academic year.

We want to reassure students waiting for news that we are doing everything we can to make sure they are not disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances.’

As soon as we receive clarity about the process, and are able to work on our internal data to produce grades for students, we will send a further letter outlining this information.  In the meantime, we do ask that parents and students avoid contacting individual teachers as they are not in a position to provide final grades to students until the government announce the ways in which we will calculate them.

Mrs Hutley
Assistant Principal