The information about how GCSE qualifications will be awarded to our Year 11 students has been released by Ofqual today. We are writing to Year 11 students and their parents separately, but I wanted to keep you informed of how this will affect our Year 10 students who were due to take GCSE examinations in one of their option subjects this Summer. The information concerning Year 10 students is still in proposal form but seems likely to go ahead, we will of course keep you updated if this changes. Please find below for a section of the Ofqual statement that relates to Year 10: “We realise that, if the final decision is to exclude year 10 and below students, this will be disappointing for those students, but our objective in awarding grades based on teachers’ judgments is primarily to allow students to progress to the next stage of their education, or to employment or training. “Students in year 10 and below will have the opportunity to sit exams in future exam series. We will make a final decision and provide further information before any (Year 11) data needs to be submitted to the exam boards.” What this means for your child in Year 10:
• The current proposal from Ofqual is that Year 10 students will not be sitting any GCSE examinations this Summer and will not be awarded a teacher assessed grade for this subject in the same way as Year 11 students.
• The Year 10 students will continue studying the subject they were due to complete this summer. They will sit external examinations for these subjects in year 11 (most being taken in Summer 2021).
• Year 10 students will continue to receive timetabled lessons in these subjects to ensure they leave Year 11 with the highest possible grade. This will ensure they do not lose any momentum with their studies and to gives them the correct support right up until their exams.
I know this will be disappointing for students as they have worked incredibly hard for almost two years in these subject areas, with a goal in sight for the end of Year 10. They have shown great dedication and maturity in their learning and they will still benefit from this. It is important that students continue to work hard at home and keep up to date with the work set by their teachers. Thank you for your support in ensuring your child continues to advance their learning at home and for working alongside us to ensure their education continues as best it can during these difficult and unprecedented times. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Head of School for Year 10