This week is an exciting, but stressful time for a lot of our young people who will be getting their BTEC results on Wednesday and A level results on Thursday. Due to COVID-19 this has been a totally unprecedented year as the students have been unable to sit their final exams, so their results will be calculated to reflect their performance over the last couple of academic years.
Exam boards have been working with teachers to make sure students’ grades are fairly awarded and reflect the work the students have put in over the last couple of years. The Government’s priority is to ensure affected students can progress as planned to the next stage of their lives, whether that is university or an apprenticeship, so they have been working with Universities to be as flexible as possible due to the pandemic. Everyone will have the chance to have their grades looked at again or to sit an exam if they’re not happy with what’s been calculated, but I hope that the outcomes will be fair for everyone from the start.
Education is a huge passion of mine, and I was delighted to have been made a Further Education Ambassador for the Government. This gives me an opportunity to work with Government and continue the work they are doing to make sure young people have high quality, good further education opportunities. We have the new T levels starting this September, which are more technical qualifications and give students a real experience of the work place as there is a much larger proportion of their time is spent in work instead of the class room. T-levels have also been designed by industry experts, so are a great way of entering in to a specific industry and offer a great insight in to what working in those sectors will be like. As the programme expands and spreads across the country I’m sure this well benefit young people in Mansfield.
Since being elected, I’ve been working closely with Nottingham Trent University and West Notts College, to make sure conversations are being had between schools, colleges and businesses to see what can be done to support and encourage our young people to succeed. We need to build on our local aspirations to make sure all young people have the chance to succeed and get on in life. New partnerships and opportunities are springing up all the time, particularly from the relationship with these two great institutions that are right on our doorstep.
So can I end by wishing everyone who is receiving their results the best of luck! Whatever happens, the future is bright and full of opportunities.