• Exams 2020: Education unions call for 'urgent' inquiry into grades fiasco

    Unions representing hundreds of thousands of school staff have demanded an independent inquiry into the exam grades fiasco. Teaching unions the National Education Union and NASUWT, along with leadership unions NAHT and ASCL, have written to education secretary Gavin Williamson calling for an “urgent and independent” inquiry into the process of awarding A-levels, GCSEs and

    16.50 Aug. 28th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: Ofqual to provide guidance on "valid mock grades"

    Ofqual has announced it will publish guidance on how schools can use “valid mock grades” to appeal A-levels and GCSE results next week. The Department for Education confirmed late last night that some pupils will be offered the option to use grades given in mock exams instead of their standardised A-level and GCSE grades. The

    15.53 Aug. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: 40% of A-level grades 'adjusted', minister reveals

    Forty per cent of A-level grades provided by schools have been “adjusted” during the standardisation process, Nick Gibb has revealed. The schools minister told the Today programme this morning that “the majority of students tomorrow will get the grade submitted by the teacher, and of those 40 per cent of grades that are adjusted, it’ll

    11.27 Aug. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Heads call for exam appeal fees to be waived as schools brace for deluge of challenges

    Fees should not be charged for appeals against exam results this year to ensure there is a “level playing field” for all pupils who want to challenge their results, a headteachers’ union has said. The Association of School and College Leaders said it would “favour fees not being charged for appeals” this year, given the

    14.43 Aug. 7th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: Ofqual confirms final appeals process for GCSEs and A-levels

    Schools will be able to appeal against GCSE and A-level results if they feel data used to standardise grades was not a “reliable basis” for predicting 2020 results, Ofqual has confirmed. The exams regulator has set out the full arrangements for appeals this year, confirming that schools will be able to appeal if they were

    13.40 Aug. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Labour seeks assurances over GCSE and A-level results amid claims of unfairness in Scotland

    Labour is seeking “urgent assurances” from the government that the GCSE and A-level results process in England will treat pupils fairly, amid claims poorer pupils in Scotland were penalised under a similar system. Kate Green, the shadow education secretary, has written to her opposite number Gavin Williamson for reassurances that he “will not allow similar

    22.30 Aug. 5th, 2020 | News

  • Grading system risks ‘inaccuracy and bias’ against disadvantaged pupils, MPs warn

    Pupils are at risk of missing out on the results they deserve because of “inaccuracy and bias” in this year’s new grading system, MPs have warned. The education select committee has called on Ofqual reveal details of how it will standardise grades immediately, so schools know how the regulator has ensured “fairness”. It follows a

    22.00 Jul. 10th, 2020 | News

  • 5 ways MPs believe this year's grading system can be made fairer for pupils

    The education select committee has published a new report on this year’s grading system, titled ‘Getting the grades they’ve earned: Covid-19’. It warns that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds risk missing out on the results they deserve because of inaccuracy and bias in Ofqual’s grading system (check out our news story here). Here’s what the

    22.00 Jul. 10th, 2020 | News