As a response to the COVID crisis, all exams due to take place in schools and colleges this summer were cancelled. Ofqual was tasked with establishing two temporary regulatory frameworks – one for General Qualifications (GQs) and one for Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs) to allow awarding organisations and exam boards to assign a grade to as many learners as possible this summer in a fair and consistent way, enabling those learners to progress to the next stage of their learning or employment with qualifications that would be recognised by educational establishments and employers.

Working within the VTQ extraordinary regulatory framework provided by Ofqual  EAL  have been able to issue results to centres that submitted calculated and/or adapted assessment grades for learners along with the supporting evidence available. EAL has worked closely with our centres through the pandemic to make sure that the awards protocols and processes are conducted in a fair and timely manner.

We recognise the contribution of all tutors, teachers and centre staff at a time of great change and uncertainty

We received in total more than 800 applications from different centres to make awards, in numerous disciplines, to learners across the country.

To date:

  • Of those applications (31%) have been approved – and all relevant centres have been informed of our decision
  • (33%) have been rejected or withdrawn
  • (36%) of applications received  are still in the process – we are working in conjunction with centres  to process these  and will continue to release awards between now and the end of September 2020

For further information please email eqa.support@eal.org.uk or call 01923 652400

We would encourage any centre who is concerned about the outcome of results that have been issued by EAL to review our Appeals Guidance and Appeals Policy which is available in the Smarter Touch document library or by contacting the Governance and Assurance team at compliance@eal.org.uk.

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