BTEC Exams – January Series as of 13th January 2021

The DfE confirmed on the 4th January that they expected scheduled vocational exams to go ahead. On 5th January the DfE updated that guidance to give schools, colleges and training providers the choice to offer students vocational exams, should schools and colleges judge it right to do so.

The exam board; Pearson (BTEC) have published information confirming the following:

“Where a college or school decides to offer exams, you will be able to sit your external assessments as planned and if your school or college decides not to offer vocational exams, we have agreed the following with Ofqual and the DfE to ensure that no learner is disadvantaged.”

“We will award a grade for any learner who is unable to take their exams and has enough evidence to receive a certificate that they need for progression.”

“Learners unable to take their assessment this January may be able to take their assessment at a later date. If that is not possible, we will put in place arrangements to ensure you are not disadvantaged.”

> Letter from the Headteacher Re BTEC Examinations 6th January 2021

> Letter from the Headteacher Re BTEC Examinations 13th January 2021

> Letter from Mr Jones, BTEC Quality Nominee Re BTEC Exams Update 25th January 2021

Summer 2021 AS, A-Level and BTEC and GCSE Qualifications as of 18th January 2021

The Government announced on 6th January that AS, A-Level and GCSE examinations will not go ahead this year. The Secretary of State for Education stated that he wished “to use a form of teacher assessment grades, with training and support to be provided to ensure these awarded fairly and consistently across the country”.

The following statement was released by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) on 6th January 2021:


As a school we await further guidance and information from the DfE and Ofqual. We will update our students and families as soon as we are in a position to do.

> Letter from the Impact Multi Academy Trust Re Examinations Consultation 18th January 2021


It is the aim of Ravens Wood School to make the examination experience as stress-free and successful as possible for all candidates.

Hopefully, this section of the website will prove informative and helpful. Information on this page will relate to examination regulations and the procedures to follow as students prepare for examinations at Ravens Wood. A detailed information booklet is available here to explain the process in more detail. Please also refer to our Examinations Policies which can be found on our School Policies Page.

The Awarding Bodies (Examination Boards) set strict criteria which must be followed for the conduct of examinations and Ravens Wood School is required to follow these precisely. You should therefore, pay particular attention to the JCQ Information to Candidates, Controlled Assessments, Non-Examination Assessments and Coursework documents which can be found on the JCQ website.

If there are any queries at any time before, during or after the examinations please contact:

Examinations Officer: Mrs M Mitchell - mmi@rws.uk.net
Examinations Assistant: Mrs L Say - lsa@rws.uk.net

Examinations Office Telephone Number: 01689 869934

Examination Information for Students and Guardians

Please find below documents containing essential information for students & guardians. These documents must be read and adhered to for all public exams. Please ensure you read and understand them prior to all exams.

Guidance & Information for Students & Guardians
Information for Candidates - Coursework
Information for Candidates - NEA
Information for Candidates - Onscreen Tests
Information for Candidates - Written Exams
Information for Candidates - Social Media
Exam Room Poster - Unauthorised Items
Exam Room Poster - Warning to Candidates