Flexible Futures is a joint campaign from Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) and Department for Opportunities providing practical support and resources for those receiving exams results
We have been reviewing the latest guidance and discussing the process with key stakeholders, assisted by law firm Mishcon de Reya. If you are student and are unhappy with your awarded grades, we have prepared guidance on appealing your grades and template letters to support you if you need it. If you plan to make an appeal, we strongly encourage you to read the guidance below carefully and consider it over the next few days.
While the grading system does not encourage appeals, our advice is that if you feel your grade(s) is/are wrong, you should attempt to appeal. Our Unheard Voices survey this year showed only 30% of SMF students felt confident in appealing unfair grades. The guidance and the letters below will help students appeal grades with more confidence.
We wish you all the best for results day, and hope you receive great news. If you are disappointed by your initial grades, please know that it will be okay. We know that before results day you will naturally be nervous. It is important to remember that you are as bright and have just as much promise and potential the day before results day as you do the day after. The day – and your initial results – will not define you. However, we are here to support you through this period, to make sure you have as fair an outcome as is possible.
NB: If you are not a student on the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) programme, simply remove the references to the SMF in the emails before you send.