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A level results fiasco needs answers

August 16, 2020 7:41 AM
Originally published by Guildford Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government in the wake of outcry and heartache at this year's botched grades and have launched an emergency campaign to make grades fair for all pupils.

Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran, who is asking the public to join her campaign, warned the futures of young people must not be "robbed by this Conservative Government's incompetence" and has called for the Education Secretary to resign.

Despite warnings, analysis has shown that pupils from the most disadvantaged background were disproportionately downgraded. Across England, 36% of entries had grades lower than their teachers predicted and 3% were down two grades.

The Liberal Democrats have said they will do all they can to support pupils in the fight to ensure young people get the fair grades and urged the Government to ensure young people are given:

  • Free appeals - to make it easy for every child to appeal grades they think are wrong.
  • The chance to give evidence of their progress - so they can be judged on their work, not the previous performance of their school.
  • Clear guidance on re-sits - so everyone knows what choices they have to fix this mess.

Local Liberal Democrat and former teacher Peter Dobbs comments

"Statements from Government about the whole A-level grading process only underline how out of touch they seem to be about what actually happens in school A-level teaching. The so called 'triple lock' that was announced at the last minute has now been effectively made meaningless by the stringent requirements for the submission of mock exam performance as evidence.

To have designed a scheme for awarding grades that for many ignores any teacher assessment of the actual attainment of a student but focuses instead on the students' rank order is absurd"

Layla Moran MP

Layla Moran

Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran:

"The shambolic handling of these results has left many young people in crisis. Despite the warning signs, the Education Secretary ignored teachers' advice and has hit pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds hardest.

"Gavin Williamson is an Education Secretary out of his depth and out of excuses. He must take responsibility for his mistakes and step down with immediate effect. Our young people cannot afford to have their futures robbed by this Conservative Government's incompetence."

The Liberal Democrats are urging people to support their campaign here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/grades