You will already be aware that the government has announced that schools and colleges can continue with the vocational and technical exams due to take place in this January where it is right to do so. This may be particularly important for vocational and technical qualifications which require a ‘licence to practise’, which can only be fulfilled through practical assessment.
As an Academy, we have decided to continue with our exam programme scheduled for this January and February 2021. Our site has been fully risk assessed for safety and students can enter our premises to sit their exams as usual.
We would like to reassure you that we are working with the UK Department for Education and Ofqual to understand what the implications of these announcements will be for our general qualifications as a whole, that has a significant bearing on our current Yr11 and Yr13 students.
Our Academy message to our students is this: please continue to engage as fully as you can in your education. This will be online for the majority of students, or face-to-face for those students still coming onto our Academy school. This will put your child in the best position, whatever arrangements are made for their qualifications. It is important that we focus on the knowledge and skills needed to equip students to progress to the next stage, whether they intend to go to college, study an apprenticeship, go to university or enter employment.
The expectation from the Department for Education is that new content will be covered in the remote Google Classroom lessons. Therefore, at Grace Academy we intend to continue with the assessment schedule sent earlier this year. As a result of having students in self-isolation during the Autumn term, we have already successfully held remote examinations this year and whether we are still in a national lockdown or back in the Academy, assessments will be taking place to inform the teacher working at grades (collected in March 2021 and June 2021). This means, your son/daughter will have the opportunity to improve the grade they received before the Christmas break through virtual learning.
Once again we are in a situation which requires us to work together in providing the optimum support for your child in an ever changing landscape for their qualifications, but I would like to assure you that we will update you with the information and guidance that is provided to us from the Department for Education and Ofqual as soon as we are made aware.
If you would like to discuss this further with us here at the Academy, do not hesitate to get in touch. In the meantime, I wish you the very best of safety and health.
Mrs K Begum
Senior Vice Principal