U-turn: Teacher estimate grades to be awarded for student exams - A-Levels, AS Levels and GCSEs affected

PUBLISHED: 17:35 17 August 2020 | UPDATED: 17:46 17 August 2020

Gavin Williamson has annouced a government U-turn on A-level grades after an algorithm downgraded many student's results.

Gavin Williamson has annouced a government U-turn on A-level grades after an algorithm downgraded many student's results.

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Student grades could improve for a large number of candidates already handed their A-Level marks last week, after the Government and Ofqual U-turned and agreed to revert to teacher-assessed grades.

Students will now be awarded the grade estimated by their school or college, or the moderated grade, whichever is higher, for A-Levels, AS Levels and Thursday’s GCSEs.

Schools had said an estimated 40 percent of results were downgraded when a formula was used to give results based on previous school grades.

Ofqual said they are working with the Department for Education, universities and everyone affected.

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Both the Ofqual chairman Roger Taylor and education secretary Gavin Williamson have apologised.

It follows protests which have been held across England over the A-Level grades.

And a number of schools across our area had declined to release their standard exam grade comparison on Thursday.

In a statement, Ofqual chairman Roger Taylor admitted it had “caused real anguish and damaged public confidence”.


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