Latest Ofqual consultation update vocational/BTEC

Further to the original consultation from Ofqual for GCSE. The following link will take you to their latest consultation regarding vocational/BTEC qualifications.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-consultation-on-awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-in-summer-2020?fbclid=IwAR07s_UuADpWPVGyvWPZcedbMVxJ6iC7CRoP34BW67O4HwuqjJM9EMfVWGE

Please follow the above link and then click on the blue writing ‘a consultation on our …..’ which will take you directly to the consultation should you wish to give your input.

Update regarding this Summer’s GCSE grading system and results.

I am writing to provide you with further information that has been released by the Department for Education and Ofqual regarding this Summer’s GCSE grading system and results.
As you may already be aware Ofqual are seeking views on the GCSE grading proposal for 2020.  They have now launched a consultation into grading specified general qualifications (including GCSE’s) in 2020.  The consultation information is as follows:-   Consultation description The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the closure of schools and colleges to all except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children, and to the cancellation of exams.  In line with government policy we are working to enable students nevertheless to receive qualification grades.   Ofqual’s aims are:

  • to ensure students can receive grades in these qualifications this summer so they can progress to the next stages of their lives without further disruption
  • that the grades will be as valued as those of any other year
  • that the approach will be fair.

The consultation will close at 11.45pm Wednesday 29 April.

The link below will take you to the consultation should you wish to respond:-https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/exceptional-arrangements-for-exam-grading-and-assessment-in-2020

Exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020 – GOV.UKThe Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the closure of schools and colleges to all except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children, and to the cancellation of exams.www.gov.uk

The education secretary has also now announced that results day will not change from the date that was previously set.  The Department for Education have advised that exam results for GCSE’s will be on Thursday 20th August 2020 as agreed at the start of this academic year.

I hope you are all well and this information assists you.  We will also be sharing this information on the SMCC facebook page and twitter account.

We will continue to update you as and when updates are released from Oqual and the DfE.
Regards

J Hamman
Exams Officer

A message from our Senior students

Hello everyone.

We just wanted to pass on our good wishes and we hope that everyone is staying safe and well at home during these unusual circumstances. We’ve come up with a few bits of advice to help you navigate the coming weeks.

It’s okay to be anxious. This is a strange time for everyone and we are all having to cope with new ways of working. If you feel stressed or upset, there are many useful websites like Kooth and these can be found in the email that Mrs Skinner sent you.

Try and have some structure to your day. This will make you much more productive, although it is also important that you have some down-time to relax and unwind from the stresses of school life – have a games night with your family. Make sure you get some exercise, either in your garden or using resources such as YouTube.

Don’t be tempted to go and meet with friends. By staying inside, we are all working together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and also please follow the advice from the government. By working together, we will soon be back to normal, everyday life. In years to come, we can all look back on this and it will be an interesting story to tell our future children and grandchildren. By staying inside, we are ultimately saving lives and supporting the NHS.

On the other hand, we don’t need to worry about our appearance or doing our hair. Although it is probably not a good idea to stay in pyjamas all day. If you get bored, there are many hobbies that you can do, such as cooking, baking or art.

If you have any questions about coronavirus, please see this link: https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus_INSwith-cover.pdf

Stay inside and stay safe,

The Senior Students

Lucy, Jacob, Reef, Emily, Caitlin and Chloe