Statement from Catherine Winter, Managing Director, Financial Capability & Community Outreach
You will no doubt be aware that exams have been cancelled this year. As educators, we are very conscious that this may be a cause of great concern to students as they try to plan their future.
England and Scotland
The Government announced on 20 March how exams grades will be awarded for GCSEs and A levels. It also released guidance on how the vocational and technical qualifications – the exams that our students study for – will be graded.
Importantly, the Government recognises that “in many cases students will already have completed modules or non-exam assessment which could provide evidence to award a grade”. That means we are already in a very good position to accurately assess how students have performed.
However, we still need to decide on the best way to reach a final grade in collaboration with Ofqual and other bodies.
We aim to follow the Government’s advice in showing the “maximum possible flexibility and pragmatism” so we can be fair to all candidates.
In Wales a decision on fairest way to grade vocational qualifications is expected next week.
Qualification Wales – announced on 20 March how GCSE and A Levels will be graded in Wales. It’s working with other regulators and with exam boards and governments across the UK on this.
Across the UK
We recognise how important these qualifications are – not only to the students taking them but also to their employers. And we will do all we can to ensure both candidates and employers can rely on fair, objective and accurate grading.
Many thanks for your patience. Please be assured we will let you know the final grading systems for England, Scotland and for Wales as soon as we can.
If you have any questions that are specifically about your centre and students, please email us at email@example.com
Free resources for your teachers
We want to do what we can to support teachers and their students who may have to spend long periods at home during the COVID 19 outbreak.
We've pulled together some useful activities your students can do at home. While the materials are taken from a previous qualification, they are all relevant to modern-day personal finance.
There are several activities and questions for your students to work through. The answers to questions are at the end, so they can check their knowledge themselves.
We hope that these topics may be useful and support your work with your students during these challenging circumstances.
Managing Director of Financial Capability
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