SFCA responds to 2021 exam cancellations


Responding to today’s statement, Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, said:

“Replacing this year’s exams with teacher assessed grades, as set out by the government today, is the best way to ensure that all students get the grades they deserve. The Secretary of State said today that he is putting his trust in teachers rather than algorithms. But this will require the Department for Education to involve teachers at every stage of the implementation of these proposals. A model of teacher assessed grades that has not been developed in partnership with teachers will not have the confidence of teachers, parents or students. 

“The Secretary of State also confirmed today that colleges and schools should decide if exams for BTEC and other applied qualifications should go ahead this month. We value autonomy in decision making, but that does not extend to decisions about national exams, particularly when it is only for some exams. Our bigger concern is that the government is currently proposing to dramatically reduce the number of BTEC and other applied general qualifications. To do so would risk disastrous consequences for many thousands of young people and one of our main priorities this year is to get the Secretary of State to reconsider these proposals”.

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