Bradford Council has offered support for the thousands of students receiving their GCSE results across the district tomorrow.

Following the cancellation of exams this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, students’ results have been determined by teacher assessment or by the exam regulating body, Ofqual. Students will receive the higher of the two grades.

The Government reversed its initial decision to use a controversial algorithm, implemented by Ofqual, to determine grades for GCSE pupils earlier this week.

Nearly 40% of pupils had their A-Level results downgraded last week as a result of the algorithm. Pupil’s grades were calculated using their results from previous assessments and from the performance of their school over the past three years. This was used in place of the original teacher assessments.

Students, teachers and parents opposed the use of Ofqual’s algorithm last week which led to Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, and Ofqual reinstating pupil’s original A-Level results.

However, many A-Level students have missed out on their university places with many now taken up through the clearing process.

Bradford Council want to reassure students that support is available across the district from schools, colleges and from local services, who are available to can guide pupils with advice towards making decisions on entering further education or employment after they receive their GCSE results.

Cllr Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s executive member for education, employment and skills, said: “Results days are nerve-wracking at the best of times but especially so for this year’s students who have seen their schools close, their exams cancelled and faced uncertainty about how their grades would be allocated.

“I want to assure all our school leavers that although it has been a very unsettling few months, there is lots of support available as they decide what to do next.

“Whether they didn’t quite get the grades they wanted or aren’t sure what they should do next, there are numerous services across the district ready to provide information and guidance.

“All our schools and colleges have staff ready to support students with their next steps – be that remaining in full-time education or moving into training or work-based training.

“All our colleges have admissions staff waiting to speak to school leavers and advise them on how to get on the right course for their chosen career path.

“There is also free careers advice available from Connexions Bradford, who can be contacted via Facebook, by calling 01274 377800 or emailing connexions.bradford@prospects.co.uk.

“So, the message to school leavers is, whatever the news this results day, don’t panic – there are plenty of doors open to you and lots of support to help you make the right decisions for your future.”

More details on the support available for pupils can be found on the council website: https://www.bradford.gov.uk/education-and-skills/adult-further-and-higher-education/gcse-results-day/