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‘Right decision, wrong time’ – NAHT urges resit option for all students affected by Pearson’s changes to BTEC Tech Awards grade boundaries

Commenting on the news that Pearson announced an increase in the grade boundaries for their BTEC Tech Awards just days before students were due to collect their results, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:

“Pearson may have made the right decision in order to maintain qualification standards in the system, but it was made at the wrong time for this year’s students and teachers.

“The unexpected change to grading points means that students could end up with a lower grade than they, and their teachers, were reasonably expecting – and may have been counting on to qualify for further study. This is not fair.

“Pearson have now analysed the performance data of the students who took an exam in January and identified some students who will be issued with a revised grade. This is a welcome step but not enough to ensure that no-one has been disadvantaged. Pearson must make a resit opportunity available to all students who want it. Those students, in discussion with their teachers, should be able to decide whether they would like to resit the exam, and not have that decision made by the exam board.”

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