Question to the Department for Education:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking with education and skills providers to develop materials for year 13 pupils due to take examinations in summer 2020 to prepare those students for (a) university education, (b) vocational based training and (c) entry to the employment market.
From Friday 20 March, all educational settings were closed to everyone except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. Therefore, exams for summer 2020 have been cancelled. Year 11 and year 13 students who were due to sit A level, AS level or GCSE exams this summer will receive a calculated grade in August, and separate guidance from Ofqual on awarding GCSE, AS and A levels was published in April.
The guidance makes clear that there is no requirement for schools and colleges to set additional mock exams or remote education tasks for the purposes of determining a calculated grade, and no student should be disadvantaged if they are unable to complete any work set after schools and colleges were closed.
In relation to vocational or technical qualifications (VTQs), our priority is to ensure that students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including starting university, college or sixth form courses, apprenticeships in the autumn, getting a job or progressing in work. Ofqual published a consultation on its proposed measures for the assessment and awarding of VTQs on 24 April and this closed 8 May. A response will be published shortly.
In terms of support and materials for the next stage of their education, we have taken action to make sure students that can still access high quality careers information, advice and guidance.
In particular, the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) continues to support schools and colleges to provide young people and their parents with careers education and guidance, working with the network of local partners and providers across the country. The CEC is collating and disseminating existing ideas and resources that can be used by schools, colleges and students while pupils are working remotely. In the longer term, they are considering ways they can continue to deliver the CEC mission of (virtually) connecting schools, colleges, young people, employers and training providers.
The National Careers Service (NCS) is also continuing to provide careers information, advice and guidance to young people, their parents and adults through its helpline, website and web chat facility. The NCS is also supporting the delivery of the online Skills Toolkit. This is a new online platform which aims to give people easy access to free, high quality digital and numeracy courses to help them improve their skills, progress in work and raise their job prospects.
We are also investigating with colleges and other further education (FE) providers what further practical support might be offered to those students leaving FE, particularly regarding careers advice and employment.
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2. International progression report: good practice in technical education
10/11/2020 - Department for Education
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Found: good practice
: Sue Tate and Professor
3. Education and training statistics for the UK: 2019
21/11/2019 - Department for Education
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the United Kingdom:
Guidance for teachers
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and carers Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level
5. Reforms to post-16 qualifications at level 3 in England
14/07/2021 - Department for Education
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Found: Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills
6 The need for change
1. Oral Answers to Questions
06/09/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: quarantine requirements for international students and (b) outbreaks of covid-19 in universities on the - Speech Link
2: closely with the sector to ensure that international students will be supported and welcomed. Universities UK - Speech Link
3: saving the students more than £2,000. Given the huge economic benefits that international students bring to - Speech Link
2. Vocational Education and Training
28/10/2019 - Lords Chamber
1: Government what steps they are taking to strengthen vocational education and training in secondary schools - Speech Link
2: It is perhaps worth recalling the degree of skills shortages across a number of sectors. For this - Speech Link
3. Oral Answers to Questions
18/01/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: student fees, many EU students will choose to study elsewhere, so how will the Secretary of State ensure that - Speech Link
2: expand opportunities for students. Yes, there are many, many brilliant higher education student institutes - Speech Link
3: joint agreement, what additional funding will the Secretary of State make available to ensure that our overall - Speech Link
4. Oral Answers to Questions
21/06/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: opportunity cost in the school day, potentially affecting pupils’ experience of a broad and balanced curriculum - Speech Link
2: national average, which means that more pupils and students are having to self-isolate and miss classroom - Speech Link
5. Oral Answers to Questions
23/11/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: schools are using reserve budgets to ensure that pupils have devices and access to the internet to study - Speech Link
2: important it is. We already outlined a package for the summer term, and tens of millions of pounds have been - Speech Link
3: Lady raises an important point about the number of pupils being sent home. We keep a close monitor of those - Speech Link