Everyone who has received their A-Level results today (Tuesday 10 August) should be really proud of their achievements, according to Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills.
This year, schools have awarded the grades based on their own evidence of students’ levels of achievement against criteria provided by the exam boards. The grades are based on teacher judgement, and these have then been agreed by the head of department and the headteacher or principal, before being submitted to the exam board.
The grades awarded are based on coursework, mock exams and other in-school assessments entirely, with no external exams taking place.
County Councillor Jayne Rear said: “Because of the pandemic students were unable to sit their final exams again this year, which must have been extremely disappointing as they had spent so long working towards them.
“I know how difficult and challenging the year has been, but I hope that they feel that they have been awarded the grades they wanted.
“They should be proud of what they have achieved, and the remarkable resilience they have shown through such an extraordinary time.
“I’d like to congratulate all the young people who’ve been recognised for their hard work, and also the teachers and school staff who have supported them.
“I wish them all every success as they move on to the next stage of their lives, whatever they choose to do.”
Students who are not happy with their grades can ask their school or college about the appeals system or they can choose to sit an exam in the autumn.
Advice is also available for young people whose results aren’t as hoped for, or who may want advice on what options are now available to them.
Young people can get support through their school or local college and can also contact Talkzone, the county council’s advice and support service.
Talkzone is available for young people between the ages of 12 and 19. It can be accessed by phone, text, webtalk, email and Facebook. It is also available for any young person up to the age of 25 with a disability.
The service is available from 2pm to 10pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays.
Through Talkzone, young people can speak with trained advisers in confidence and chat through anything that is worrying them, as well as their exam results. Staff are able to talk about a wide range of issues which young people tell us they really appreciate.
Young people can call Talkzone on 0800 511 111, text on 07786 511 111, email email@example.com, access webtalk services at www.lancashire.gov.uk/youthzone/get-in-touch.aspx or visit www.facebook.com/LancashireYZ