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GCSE RESULTS 2020: West Norfolk students await their grades

Thousands of students in West Norfolk are awaiting their GCSE results this morning, despite the fiasco that has engulfed the exam system this summer.

With the usual tests cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the grades this year are based on teacher assessments, except where a controversial external moderation system awarded a better result.

But the fallout from last week's A-level results is continuing, with union officials demanding an urgent review of the ways in which students are assessed.

Exam halls were empty this year (40709929)
Exam halls were empty this year (40709929)

Although the Government and the exams regulator Ofqual have both apologised, officials from the National Education Union (NEU) say the problem has not been properly resolved and action is needed now to fix things for next year.

Niamh Sweeney, an Eastern region member of the NEU's executive, said: "This is a shameful episode. It must never happen again.

"We must now have a long-term review of the assessment methods used to award qualifications, including the possibility of more coursework and systematic, moderated teacher assessment.

Students will now get their predicted grades (40709602)
Students will now get their predicted grades (40709602)

"We need an absolute assurance to next year's GCSE, A-Level and VTG students and their teachers that this cannot and will not happen again."

But, while the crisis has led to doubts about whether GCSE results would be released as scheduled, officials from most of the secondary schools serving this area have said they are expecting to issue grades as planned.

John Fisher, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for children's services, said: "Although students were not able to sit exams this year, I hope they will be satisfied with the grades they have worked hard for.

"They have shown remarkable resilience during an extraordinary time. Studying at home with the support of teachers and families must have been a very different experience.”

“The best of luck to those students who will be heading into further education, training, apprenticeships or the job of their choice. For those who haven’t received the results they hoped for, there is plenty of support and advice available.

“We have high aspirations for education in Norfolk and today is a time to celebrate the achievements of our students and teachers.”

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