Preparation and reassurance for students ahead of 2021 exams

Ron Dearing UTC students are being encouraged to remain focused and make the most of additional support after the Government confirmed 2021 exams will begin three weeks later than usual.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed the latest guidance for English Schools last month after the 2020 summer exams did not go ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He announced 2021 exams for almost all GCSE, AS and A-levels will begin on June 7 and end on July 2. AS and A-level Results Day for sixth form students will be on August 24, followed by GCSE Results Day for Year 11 students on August 27.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We’re doing everything we can to ensure our students are well supported and well prepared for exams next year. Student attendance at our comprehensive catch-up programme is very high and they are coping admirably with this very challenging situation.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley.


“Every second of learning time counts at the moment and attending intervention sessions is essential – you can’t complete four terms’ work in three!

“Revision is key to success in exams. We will shortly be starting training for Year 11 and Year 13 students on ‘how to revise effectively’ and providing them with a Revision Resource Pack and Revision Planner. We will also send information home to parents/carers about how they can best support revision at home.

“We know how stressful exams are for our students, especially at the moment with Covid-19.  Our main message to them is ‘don’t panic’. They are doing really well.

“If they continue to work hard, they will be absolutely fine and we have every confidence that 2021 will be another positive year for them. If any students are feeling anxious, it’s really important that they tell someone, so that we can help.”