ASCL comment on grading of vocational qualifications

09/04/2020
Duncan Baldwin, Deputy Director of Policy, at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on guidance from Ofqual about the grading of vocational qualifications following the closure of schools and colleges. 
 
Commenting on guidance from Ofqual about the grading of vocational qualifications following the closure of schools and colleges, Duncan Baldwin, Deputy Director of Policy, at the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

While A-levels and GCSEs have been under the spotlight following the decision to cancel exams, vocational and technical qualifications are just as important for many thousands of young people, who have also been left in a state of uncertainty by the closure of schools and colleges. 

We are pleased this guidance gives these young people and their teachers some clarity about how these qualifications will be graded. This is a more complex challenge than with A-levels and GCSEs because of the range of different vocational and technical qualifications.

However, we are confident that the system of calculated grades outlined by Ofqual will provide fairness and consistency, and will allow students to progress to the next stage of their lives. We know this is a very difficult situation for these young people but we would reassure them that everything possible is being done to ensure that they are not disadvantaged in any way.