Pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were awarded their GCSE qualifications on Thursday after the controversial grading algorithm was scrapped.
On Wednesday night, exam board Pearson announced that BTec exams will be graded again to be in line with other UK results, affecting thousands of students.
Today, GCSE students will receive their final grades. This will either be the grade their school or college submitted, or their calculated grade from the exam board if that is higher. pic.twitter.com/JLGgVllcKg— Department for Education (@educationgovuk) August 20, 2020
The scrapping of the controversial algorithm meant students achieved higher grades than in previous years
“GCSE students have been given the higher of either a teachers’ estimated grade or a moderated grade, after their exams were cancelled due to coronavirus. This is different to what happened on A-level results day, which only saw moderated grades handed out.”