B&FC welcomes teacher-estimated GCSE results

Published on 17/08/2020 by DTHACK

Blackpool and The Fylde College is delighted school leavers will be awarded GCSEs based on teachers' estimated grades.

Blackpool and The Fylde College is delighted school leavers will be awarded GCSEs based on their teachers' predicted grades. 

Exams regulator Ofqual had originally planned to mark students with a formula based on schools' prior grades.

But it was decided this week that GCSE grades would instead be awarded based on teachers' submissions of grade predictions.

Students will receive teachers' predicted grades unless receiving improved results through the Ofqual formula.

"August is a challenging month at the best of times for students waiting for results," said Simon Hughes, B&FC's Vice Principal for Quality and Curriculum.

"But these are not normal times. In a year that's been more challenging than any other for the nation's learners, it's especially gratifying that Ofqual has announced it will accept predicted GCSE grades submitted by teachers."

Enrolment is well underway for students starting in September. B&FC is still accepting course applications for all its courses starting next month - from further education and career growth courses to degrees - and for those who have already applied, a guide to the enrolment process is online at https://blackpool.ac.uk/enrolment-2020.

B&FC is set to welcome more than 1,700 16-18 year-olds next month to its campuses across Blackpool and The Fylde - on courses from computing to construction, and English to engineering.

September is also the first time T Levels will be offered to students seeking a mix of academic and industrial experience. B&FC is one of a select group of colleges offering all three T Levels - in construction, computing and education.

"We hope that our incoming students can rest easier now they'll be getting the GCSE grades their teachers have estimated," said Mr Hughes.

"It's also great news that Ofqual has followed suit for A Level results, with students receiving predicted grades where they are better than those assigned through the exam regulator's algorithm.

"We're excited to soon welcome all students who have made the great decision to learn and grow with B&FC."