Wednesday 13 January 2021 / 4:16 PM Education / Toby Perkins

Government must stop treating BTEC and vocational students as an afterthought – Toby Perkins

Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Apprenticeships and Lifelong Learning Minister, commenting on the Government’s decision to cancel BTEC and vocational exams in February and March, said:

“Labour has called for BTEC and other vocational exams to be cancelled, so it’s welcome that the government finally has bowed to the inevitable and cancelled February and March assessments.

“Sadly, Gavin Williamson’s U-turn has come too late for thousands of worried learners, alongside school and college staff who were placed in an incredibly difficult situation over whether to go ahead with January exams.

“The government’s indecision has now created a divide between those students who did January exams and others, creating further confusion for students and colleges. Gavin Williamson must urgently set out how these qualifications will be awarded and stop treating BTEC and vocational students as an afterthought.”