Allow teacher predicted grades for BTEC students

The government should allow BTEC students to achieve teacher predicted grades rather than being forced into a system that is unethically downgrading thousands of students grades.

This petition closed on 7 Mar 2021 with 145,336 signatures


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1. Awarding of Qualifications: Role of Ministers
09/09/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: families and their teachers. The system for awarding examination grades that the Secretary of State for - Speech Link
2: question, because initially the Welsh Labour Government intended to rely on the AS-levels, which, of - Speech Link

2. Covid-19: Impact on Education
15/03/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: arrangements. Timings of debates have been amended to allow technical arrangements to be made for the next debate - Speech Link
2: coursework and teacher assessment, and was created on 29 December; the second is about allowing teacher-predicted - Speech Link
3: have a Zoom chat last Wednesday with some year 11 students at Christ’s School in Richmond. It was wonderful - Speech Link

3. Exams: Covid-19
12/10/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: Getting the grades they’ve earned: Covid-19: the cancellation of exams and ‘calculated’ grades, HC 617; - Speech Link
2: practice in order to support the new call-list system and to ensure that social distancing can be respected - Speech Link
3: decision to use previous data to calculate exam grades, which received 148,880 signatures; and Rafia Hussain’s - Speech Link

4. Covid-19: Educational Settings
07/01/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: will close, and this is not a decision that the Government ever wanted to take. I would like to reassure - Speech Link
2: should first raise their concerns with the teacher or head teacher, and, failing that, report the matter to - Speech Link
3: awarding grades did not deliver what they needed, with the painful impact felt by students and their - Speech Link

5. Schools and Colleges: Qualification Results and Full Opening
01/09/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: exam results for this year’s GCSE and A-level students.As the House will be fully aware, exams - Speech Link

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Exams for vocational and technical qualifications are only continuing currently where they signal occupational competency. We will announce arrangements for summer term exams by end of February.


Students have worked hard and prepared for their exams and assessments for vocational and technical qualifications, including many BTECs, so it is right that schools and colleges had the option to run them in January.

Unlike GCSE and A level exams that were due to take place this summer, students’ study and preparation for their January vocational and technical exams had not been disrupted by the new public health measures we announced on 5 January to help limit the transmission of coronavirus.

Some students need to complete an occupational or professional competency assessment to enter into the workplace – it is important they continue to have the opportunity to do so, so that they are not prevented from progressing onto the next stage of their lives.

The Department for Education has provided advice to schools and colleges on the extensive protective measures needed to make exam halls as safe as possible, which is why schools and colleges delivered the January assessments, if they judged it right to do so. The advice is part of guidance (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision) on implementing safely the phased return to face-to-face education.

The Department for Education is working with Ofqual on arrangements for those students who did not take their January assessments, as well as for vocational and technical exams and assessments scheduled for February onwards. Responses to the public consultation (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-alternative-arrangements-for-the-award-of-vtqs-and-other-general-qualifications-in-2021) are currently being analysed. The arrangements will make sure qualifications are awarded fairly and consistently, so that no student is either advantaged or disadvantaged when compared to their peers. We aim to publish the response to the consultation by the end of February.

Department for Education


MPs spoken contributions during 15 Mar 2021 petition debate

Democratic Unionist Party Jim Shannon (View contribution) 1035 words
Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney (View contribution) 792 words