Pupils in Northampton were due to find out their GCSE marks today amid concerns that results may drop due to the policy of putting Year 10 students in for the exam a year early.
The exams regulator, Ofqual, has sent a letter to all schools warning them why their results might look different this year.
Ofqual cites a number of factors for a potential drop in standards, including the fact there have been more entries than ever before from students in Year 10 and some students, particularly in maths, have been entered for the same qualification with a number of exam boards.
The letter stated: “If students in Year 10 are very able and ready to take GCSEs early, and they perform well, they will achieve good grades, which would mean the overall results may be higher than in summer 2012.
“But if they are not ready to take GCSEs early and they perform less well, then the overall results may be lower.”
The Northamptonshire branch of Connexions is advising students who are looking for a job or an apprenticeship to speak to one of their advisors. More information can be found at www.4you2.org.uk or by calling Connexions on 0800 73 13 2 19. Connexions will also be holding an event for young people who are not in education, employment or training at the Guildhall on September 11 from 1pm to 4pm.
A prominent billboard van will be driving around the town today promoting the courses available at Northampton College to GCSE students.
The branded van will be driving around Northampton as students collect their GCSE results, promoting the college’s forthcoming advice session to those who are still unsure about what to do next.
The College’s Advice & Guidance Session will take place at Booth Lane and Lower Mounts sites on Thursday, August 29, from 1pm to 4pm.
Run on a drop-in basis, with no appointment necessary, young people who might not have achieved the grades they expected or those who have not decided on their next steps will be able to get advice about course options available to start this September.
For more information visit www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk/advice-and-guidance or call 0845 300 4401.