Following the recent Government announcement that the failed grading arrangements are to be abandoned and GCSE and A-level results are to be based on teacher assessments, Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member for Education, Children and Young People commented:
"I welcome the Government’s decision to put an end to the grading fiasco by allowing students to receive teacher-assessed grades rather than grades which have been moderated down, often inconsistently. This much-needed U-turn is a victory for common sense and rightly answers calls from campaigners and students.
“Despite the warnings, the Education Secretary's appalling handling of grade awards has left countless young people stressed and anxious. This is yet another unwelcome addition to the continuing list of failures in the Education Secretary’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
"It is vital for the Government to provide the clarity young people need, including supporting and resourcing universities to ensure all provisional offers are honoured. Ministers must also follow the example of the Welsh Education Minister and commit to an independent review of the process to make sure such mistakes, which have affected thousands of young people across the country, are never made again.
“I am proud of the incredible work students across York have put into their studies, and we have already seen the amazing A-level results with no doubt more excellent GCSE results to follow this week. I appreciate how difficult this year has been for many and I am proud of the support York’s schools and other organisations continue to provide.
“Whilst the decision to abandon the failed grading arrangements is a positive step, this last week will certainly have caused confusion and anxiety for many. It is important to remember that there is support and advice available, so please do reach out.”
Students and parents can find support across the city from:
• Their school. Teaching staff will be able to support pupils with their next steps;
• Careers Advisers employed by schools;
• Admissions teams at York College and Askham Bryan College;
• City of York Council Learning and Work Advisers in our Young People’s Service at 30 Clarence Street; pre booked appointment slots are available and advisers can support with searching for vacancies, developing your CV, completing applications and preparing for interviews. Tel: 01904 555400; or visit www.yor-ok.org.uk;
• National Careers Service – for local employment and training opportunities; or call the national help-line 0800 100 900;
• Council-led ‘York Apprenticeship Hub’ – find us on Facebook @ York Apprenticeships; email us at [email protected]; www.york.gov.uk/yorkapprenticeships for local apprenticeship vacancies. There are still around 50 opportunities in the city and many more in Leeds across a range of sectors and job roles and we can sign post you to agencies and training providers.;
• ‘Next steps’ factsheet for A Level or GCSE students explains many of the options available, including apprenticeships and further learning https://www.york.gov.uk/LBYSupportForParents#facts ;
• York mind offer services to young people at https://www.yorkmind.org.uk/ , email [email protected] or call 01904 643364 ;