Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments ahead of the publication of GCSE results on Thursday 12 August.
Commenting ahead of the publication of GCSE results on Thursday 12 August, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
“As with A-level results, it is likely that the distribution of GCSE grades will be different this year because a different system of teacher assessment has been used following the government’s decision to cancel public exams in light of the circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is a robust system which we are confident will deliver fair and accurate grades thanks to the hard work of teachers and leaders – but it is not the same as holding public exams. It is therefore important to focus on the achievements of this cohort rather than fixate on comparisons with other years which are somewhat meaningless. These pupils deserve great credit for all they have achieved in extremely difficult circumstances, as do the leaders and teachers who have supported them so well during the course of the crisis.
“GCSEs are primarily used as a means of progression to the next stage of education or training in colleges, sixth forms and apprenticeships, although GCSE English and maths have a more lasting legacy for students. Whatever the distribution of grades happens to be this year, colleges and sixth forms have very effective admissions systems and experienced teachers, and they are extremely good at matching students to the right courses.
“Pupils awaiting their results can have every confidence that they will be able to progress in the normal way and take the next step in their education. We extend our best wishes to them for results day and beyond.”