GCSE Results 2021: Essex education boss congratulates students

Education: Secondary / Thu 12th Aug 2021 at 07:59am

PUPILS across Essex will receive their GCSE results today (Thursday 12 August), following another school year where formal GCSE exams did not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Similar to last year, GCSE results for 2021 have been assessed by teachers and final grades awarded based on a range of evidence, including mock exams, coursework and in-class assessments, to ensure that they accurately reflect pupils’ performance and what they have been taught over the year.

These grades will not be used for performance tables for schools, colleges or local authorities and Essex County Council (ECC) will not be publishing its usual headline figures. 

Cllr Tony Ball, ECC’s Cabinet Member for Education Excellence and Skills, said: “I know the past school year has been extremely difficult for lots of pupils who have experienced further disruption and uncertainty over whether or not they would take their GCSE exams. However, I am extremely proud of how pupils have adapted and the way in which education colleagues have continued to support them. 

“I hope that every young person receiving their results today feels proud – not only of their academic achievements, but of the resilience they have shown over the past year. I wish everyone the very best of luck as they decide on their next steps.”

GCSE results have been shared earlier this year than usual so that pupils have more time to appeal their grades if needed. More information about the appeals process can be found on the Government’s Education Hub

The National Careers Service can provide information, advice and guidance to help pupils make decisions on learning, training and work.

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