Appeals over grades will be free for schools in England, says Williamson

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 15, 2020

He called on the regulator to publish details of the algorithm it used to make its calculations.

"I am also anxious about further education colleges because they have been improving in recent years and yet they seem also to have suffered under this grading system".

"If the model has penalised disadvantaged groups this is very serious and if it has disadvantaged colleges that has to be looked at".

The result: just under 40 per cent of grades determined by teachers - termed formally by Ofqual as Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs) - have been downgraded by the model, with around 36 per cent downgraded by just one place and the rest dropping by two or more.

"We have to have a wider appeals system, a quick appeals system that is for everyone, not just the sharp-elbowed and well-heeled", he said.

Schools in England will be able to appeal against A-level and GCSE grades free of charge, according to the Education Secretary.

She said it may prove impossible to get them all processed in time for students to take up their university places.

Shadow education secretary Kate Green warned there could be a "deluge" of appeals from students unhappy with their A-level results.

"It can not be right that bright, hardworking young people from poorer backgrounds have been denied their chance to overcome odds that were already stacked against them", she said.

Outlining how the Government did not want to deter schools from appealing, Mr Williamson told the Times: "I do not want a youngster to feel they are in a situation where there is a strong and legitimate case for grounds for appeal, but an appeal is not made on grounds of cost".

Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman Layla Moran called for Williamson to step down from his role with immediate effect.

Nina Bunting Mitcham, from Peterborough, said she was predicted to achieve ABB and scored As and Bs in her mock exams, but her DDD results meant she failed to meet her offer from the Royal Veterinary College.

In response to claims that teachers' initial predicted marks were "much too high", she said that the "algorithm that they applied to pull those [results] down literally copied the inequalities that are now existing in our education system". He must take responsibility for his mistakes and step down with immediate effect.

"We need to hear from the Education Secretary on the exam crisis in England and to offer the opportunity to my English colleagues (and to Scottish Conservative MPs) to seek his resignation".

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