The Isle of Wight Council is congratulating young people who have worked hard to achieve their GCSE results, overcoming the difficulties posed in completing their courses as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.
The council has also welcomed the announcement that this year's results will be largely based on teacher assessment and that plans to override this using a mathematical algorithm have been scrapped.
With schools finishing suddenly this year and exams not taking place due to Covid-19, Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for children's services, education and skills, said it had been an uncertain and worrying time for many Island students and their families.
He said: "I’d really like to congratulate them on how well they have done in the face of the Covid-19 adversity.
"This year, perhaps more than any year in the past, GCSE grades have been based on the consistent hard work of pupils over time and the support that they have received from their parents.
"In the absence of pupils taking examinations, teachers are best placed to use their professional judgement to ensure young people are awarded grades that most accurately represent their achievements.”
Councillor Brading said he had been impressed with how schools and young people had coped and "gone above and beyond to maintain such high standards."
He added: "A huge ‘well done’ to pupils, parents and teachers alike. And, I’m extremely pleased that, generally, colleges have said they will honour places that they offered to this group of 16-year-olds prior to lockdown.”
Any young person who needs help or advice about their next options, having received their results, can speak to their school’s careers adviser or contact Island Futures – the council’s careers advice service for young people – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01983) 823888.
Further advice is available on the new 'Flying Start IOW' website to help young people in Year 11 plan and prepare for life, study and work after school.
Students who may be feeling uncertain, anxious or stressed about the future as they move on to college, employment or training can also seek support from Young Minds who will help to encourage them to look after their mental health and identify when to ask for help.