NUS on Government’s exam U-turn

A-level and GCSE students in England will be given grades estimated by their teachers, rather than by an algorithm, after a government U-turn today.

40% of A-level results were downgraded by exams regulator Ofqual, which used a formula based on schools’ prior grades, ad which has promoted uproar.

GCSE results in England, Wales and Northern Ireland come out on Thursday.

Ofqual chair Roger Taylor and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson have apologised for the “distress” caused.


Teachers’ estimates will be awarded to students unless the computer algorithm gave a higher grade.


Larissa Kennedy, NUS President, responding to the Government’s U-turn for GCSE and A-Level exams to be awarded on centre assessment grades, said today:

“The government have not fixed this mess yet. This situation has merely unmasked a discriminatory system that it has been complicit in long before this year – one that under-funds our schools, colleges and universities meaning that, year on year, education has been a postcode lottery. Every year students have to contend with a university admissions system that establishes additional barriers to entry for already marginalised groups through the use of predicted grades.

“Over the past week working class students, students of colour and disabled students lost hard fought for university places. Many of those students affected have reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted by an assessment system that reproduces educational injustice and the uncertainty this has produced.

“We will not forget this, nor will our efforts stop here. This simply isn’t good enough”.

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