Another week, another results day: this time it's GCSE and IGCSE students collecting their grades rather than A level students. Months or years of hard work all culminating towards this one moment when you can finally find out whether your efforts paid off.
The atmosphere around GCSEs this year has been somewhat apprehensive. Efforts to counter grade inflation, papers in subjects like science being made tougher, students being entered into more than one exam in the same subject, and schools entering students for IGCSEs instead of GCSEs have made this year a bit of an unknown in terms of results.
NEC’s CEO, Ros Morpeth, said, 'With the media hype this week surrounding the anticipated fall in grades, I'm sure many people had prepared themselves for the worst. Having offered most of our subjects as IGCSEs for many years now, we were confident that this year we would see our usual high standards of results and have not been disappointed. We know it doesn't always go as planned so to anyone who didn't get the grades they need, don't give up - get in touch and see if we can help you. If you did get the grades you wanted, then congratulations and best of luck with the next step of your learning journey!'
74% of NEC students were awarded GCSE or IGCSE grades of A* - C this year, compared with a national rate of 68%. Furthermore, despite the widely reported fall in science grades after papers were made tougher, 73% of NEC students were awarded grades A* - C, compared with the national rate of 53.1%. The national pass rate this year is 98.8%, but amongst NEC students the pass rate was 100%.
These numbers are made all the more incredible by the fact that our learners come walks of life ranging from active forces personnel on rotation in Afghanistan, to working mothers retraining for careers in teaching or midwifery, and everything in between. Alternative routes to education are essential for learners like these, whose hard work and dedication is not always recognised in the media buzz around school-leavers. Being able to study successfully around such demanding commitments is nothing short of extraordinary, and we cannot emphasise enough how proud we are of our learners. Congratulations to each and every one of you!
NEC’s Student Services Manager, Louise Tolhurst, added, 'Having retaken my own GCSE Maths last year, I can can relate to everyone getting results today and the challenges they face as distance learners. We have had some great feedback already with some excellent results, showing that the hard work our learners put in to achieve their goals, with the help of our dedicated tutors, really pays off.'