SFCA responds to proposed grading for cancelled exams


Responding to today’s announcement, SFCA Chief Executive Bill Watkin said:

“The decision to cancel exams this summer was a difficult one for the government to take, but it was the right decision. Our members deliver a quarter of all the A levels taken in England each year and a significant number of BTEC and other applied qualifications, so establishing how grades will be awarded in the absence of formal assessment is enormously important to them. We think the government has got this decision right too – the proposed approach draws on the expertise and professionalism of teachers in a way that should minimise the bureaucratic burden on them. The opportunity for students to sit exams in the next academic year, and to cancel performance tables for 2020 are two other welcome developments. There is still a lot of detail to work through, but colleges and schools are committed to working with the government during this difficult period to ensure that all students receive the grades they deserve and are not disadvantaged in any way”.

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