For the attention of heads of centre, senior leaders and examination officers

Restricted release of results to centres only

Electronic copies of results will be released to centres, either through secure means on awarding body extranet sites or via A2C as follows:

 DateQualifications
0001 hours on Wednesday 12 August 2020GCE, FSMQ
Extended Project
0001 hours on Wednesday 19 August 2020GCSE, ELC
Foundation and Higher Projects

The results are issued on the strict understanding that the results files and their contents remain entirely confidential to the head of centre, examinations office staff and senior members of teaching staff within the centre, the consortium or Multi Academy Trust. The head of centre being of the opinion that these members of staff need to be made aware of the information.

The results, or information derived from results, must not be divulged to or discussed with:

  • other teachers;
  • candidates or parents;
  • educational institutions and Local Authorities;
  • the media;
  • any other persons.

    Additionally the results, or information derived from results, must not be divulged or discussed on social media such as Facebook or Twitter.

    Centres must not release results data to Local Authorities until after 9.30am on the appropriate date for the publication of results.

    Similarly, centres must not issue press releases or statements to the media under any circumstances until after 9.30am on the appropriate date for the publication of results.

    Results data must not be shared more widely until after the candidates have received their results.

    Any breach of these requirements will be considered as malpractice by an awarding body.

    Centres should note that results are issued on a provisional basis and may be subject to amendment through the published post-results services.

    Candidate statements of provisional results are not certificates. An awarding body reserves the right to amend examination results prior to the issue of certificates.

Use of electronic result files

Awarding bodies do not provide paper copies of candidates’ provisional results. Centres will need to use the electronic result files to prepare the information that is released to candidates.

Where candidates need to provide their provisional results to third parties, such as Sixth Form or FE Colleges, we strongly recommend that the candidate statements of provisional results are printed on school letter headed paper and/or stamped with the school name and logo.

Release of results to candidates

Results may be released to candidates as follows:

 DateQualifications
0800 hours on Thursday 13 August 2020GCE, FSMQ
Extended Project
0800 hours on Thursday 20 August 2020GCSE, ELC
Foundation and Higher Projects

Where a candidate is unable to collect their results in person and is unable to access their results via a secure electronic system such as a centre’s secure extranet site, the results must not be posted until after 0800 hours on the appropriate date for the publication of results. Candidates must not receive
results, by e-mail, post or otherwise, prior to 0800 hours.

The awarding bodies reserve the right to withdraw the special concession of providing early information about results electronically, to any centre which is found to be in breach of these requirements.

Any breach of these requirements will be considered as malpractice by an awarding body.

Additional restrictions on the release of results

Results, or information derived from results, must not be divulged to or discussed with:

● other teachers;
● candidates or parents;
● educational institutions and Local Authorities;
● the media;
● any other persons.

Additionally, the results, or information derived from results, must not be divulged or discussed on social media such as Facebook or Twitter.
Centres must not release results data to Local Authorities until after 9.30am on the appropriate date for the publication of results.
Similarly, centres must not issue press releases or statements to the media under any circumstances until after 9.30am on the appropriate date for the publication of results.
Results data must not be shared more widely until after the candidates have received their results.
Any breach of these requirements will be considered as malpractice by an awarding body.
Centres should note that results are issued on a provisional basis and may be subject to amendment through the published post-results services.
Candidate statements of provisional results are not certificates. An awarding body reserves the right to amend examination results prior to the issue of certificates.

Use of electronic result files

Awarding bodies do not provide paper copies of candidates’ provisional results. Centres will need to use the electronic result files to prepare the information that is released to candidates.

Where candidates need to provide their provisional results to third parties, such as Sixth Form or FE Colleges, we strongly recommend that the candidate statements of provisional results are printed on school letter headed paper and/or stamped with the school name and logo.

Sixth Form and FE colleges

Sixth Form and FE colleges will see students supplying centre-endorsed results for enrolment purposes, e.g. results printed on school letter headed paper and/or stamped with the school name and logo.

There is no distinction between provisional results data generated from an awarding body’s extranet site or via a centre’s MIS package (which in the majority of cases will list the results from all awarding bodies). The provisional results are subject to change.

Where there is doubt, Sixth Form and FE colleges should liaise with schools to establish the candidate’s results or alternatively, request from the candidate his/her certificates once issued. The certificate is the final record of a candidate’s achievement(s).