St John Plessington Catholic College

BTEC and Vocational Examinations update - January 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Students

I write regarding the Department for Education’s announcement this evening that individual schools would be responsible for making the decision whether BTEC and Vocational exams would go ahead this week.

Following a Multi Academy Trust meeting this evening, we have decided that in the interests of safety, wellbeing and fairness for our pupils, we are going to cancel the BTEC and Vocational exams scheduled to take place in January and February.

This is not a decision that has been taken lightly. We have taken into account all available guidance including local transmission rates within the community. We have also considered the Education Secretary briefing where he stated: "The government position is that we will not be asking students to sit GCSE and A Levels" This being the case, we feel it is only fair to cancel the January examination series.

We understand that this is very short notice but please be assured that we are acting on information as soon as we receive it. We will continue to respond to updates as we receive them and keep parents and students informed accordingly.

We know that our students have worked extremely hard for these exams and we will do our best to ensure that their endeavours pay off. We are also very mindful that a lot of students have faced time out of lessons due to self isolation and we commend their efforts, resilience and work ethic throughout this time.

As these exams have been cancelled, students will no longer need to attend school for revision and exam preparation sessions as previously scheduled. Teaching, learning and assessment will continue online and it is vital that students engage fully with lessons.

We send all our best wishes to our students and families at this difficult time.

Ms Maria Sharratt