The Department for Education has announced that scheduled assessments for Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs), specifically Performance Table Qualifications, will not take place in February or March this year. For schools and colleges, like ours, who are taking Pearson qualifications, this means that external assessments for BTEC Level 2 Tech Awards, Firsts, Technicals and Level 3 Nationals will not go ahead in February or March. This does mean that the February exams that your child was entered for will now not take place for Business and Health and Social Care.
This decision aligns VTQs with the position for General Qualifications nationally. We know that our students and teachers are disappointed regarding this decision as they have been working hard towards these assessments from the beginning of their course.
We want to reassure you that as an Academy we will follow further guidance from the Department for Education and Ofqual and will put in the necessary arrangements in place for students who are now unable to take their external assessments to ensure they are not disadvantaged. So, those expecting to complete their qualification this year will be able to progress as normal.
As it stands for all our students in Year 11, we expect them to continue with their engagement with remote learning and ensure they follow the direction of learning from their subject teachers. As mentioned in previous correspondence, the expectation from the Department for Education is that new content will be covered in the remote Google Classroom lessons. Therefore, we intend to continue with the assessment schedule sent earlier this year. As a result of having students in self-isolation 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 child will have the opportunity to improve the grade they received before the Christmas break through virtual learning.
We appreciate this must be a very difficult time for you and hope that this update provides you with some clarity and reassurance that learners will not be disadvantaged.
We will update you with further information soon. Thank you for your continued patience, support and collaboration during these unprecedented times.