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17 August 2020
By School Improvement, Secondary, Special & PRU / Skills & Employability Service

GCSE Results 2020: Information, Advice and Guidance

This has been an unusual year due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we wish you every luck with your GCSE grades.

As you may already be aware, the Chair of Ofqual (the body that regulates qualifications, examinations, and assessments in England) recently made a statement. This statement explained that students will be awarded their centre assessment for this summer – that is, the grade their school or college estimated was the grade they would most likely have achieved in their exam – or the moderated grade, whichever is higher.

This morning (Wednesday 19 July), examination boards (AQA and Pearson) made the announcement that on Thursday 20 August, schools and colleges will inform students of their GCSE grades on time.

The examination board (Pearson), who is responsible for BTEC qualifications, announced to schools yesterday afternoon (19 August) that level 1 & 2 BTEC grades should not be distributed to students today by schools, while Pearson review the criteria by which grades were awarded. Revised grades will be distributed by schools to students as soon schools receive them.

Students will still receive GCSE grades today (20 August). Students should contact colleges and sixth forms where they have submitted applications and ask for advice on applications and interviews. Colleges and sixth forms are fully aware of the delay in BTEC grades and they will work with students and schools to ensure that students can still progress on to their chosen destination.

If You Have Been Awarded the GCSE Grades You Need

Fantastic! You can now contact your preferred school, college or training provider that offered you a place to confirm you will be going or attend the enrolment date and time you have been provided to enrol on your course. If you haven’t already, please complete this September Guarantee form to let us know what you will be doing from September. Please use this reference number: BPGRD20

You may, out of courtesy, want to let the other providers know that you have accepted somewhere else.

If You Didn't Get the GCSE Grades You Hoped For

Don’t panic, take a deep breath and focus on what you can do now. Remember you need to wait for your moderated grade, and you can keep the higher grade.

The best place to start, is speak to the school/college/training provider where you had hoped to study in September, they may be able to still offer you a place or suggest an appropriate alternative for you.

If after that, you still need to find something for September, you can speak to someone at your current school or college, contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or get in touch with your local college’s careers team who will be more than happy to help. Alternatively, you can book an appointment with one of our team for support, advice and guidance.

If You Are Unhappy with Your GCSE Grades

You should speak to your current school or college. They will be able to advice you on your options and next steps.

If You Haven’t Already Got Plans for September:

If you have not already, please start making plans for September. It is really important that you have something to go to. If you’re looking for a sixth form or college place in Kent, these are promoted on the KentChoices website. It is worth noting, that some schools will have reached their maximum numbers and closing dates may have already passed.

If neither school or college appeals to you, you can book an appointment with one of our friendly team to discuss apprenticeships and other training opportunities available.

For further information about apprenticeships, please visit ApprenticeKent.

If You Have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)

If you have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and have any questions regarding what you will be doing in September, your SEN Assessment and Placement Officer should be able to answer your questions. Their contact details are available here.

If You Were Educated at Home During Year 11

If you were home educated in Year 11, the information is relevant to you, but you could also look at the Elective Home Education Kent Facebook page for more information.

Find Local Information About Education Providers in Your Area and Where to Get Support:
Still Not Sure What to Do/Who to Contact?
  • Speak to someone at your current school or college for help, the best person is the Careers Adviser or Coordinator.

  • If you’re at college or intend to go to college, contact the careers team. You can find their details are listed on the district links (below).

  • You can contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 for free careers advice over the telephone.

  • You can book an appointment with one of our team at The Education People for free support, advice and guidance.

Staying in Touch

Kent County Council is required to stay in touch with young people for two academic years after Year 11. To do this, The Education People will contact you at regular intervals. You can find out more about how we do this below: Tracking Young People Privacy Notice