Commenting on today's release of vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs), Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

"Congratulations to all students for their achievements this year and all the hard work that their teachers have done to make this possible. 

"We welcome Ofqual’s decision last week to build contingency into the arrangements for VTQs next year. ​This will ensure that centre assessed grades could still be used if public health conditions once again prevent formal exams. 

"We strongly condemn the Government’s decision to de-fund Applied General Qualifications (AGQs) which include BTECs and Cam Techs. Scrapping these qualifications would massively impact disadvantaged students who for many years have used these qualifications to progress to higher education and into employment. Pinning a qualification system on a binary choice of only A Levels or the untried and untested T Levels, without that third route of AGQs, is ill-thought out and will result in thousands of students missing out on opportunities to progress and potentially the closure of FE colleges."