A-level and GCSE students will now get their predicted grades in England.

Regulator Ofqual has announced the results will now be based on teachers’ assessments, unless the grades produced by a controversial algorithm are higher.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students weren’t able to sit their exams this summer, their results were decided by an algorithm aimed at standardising results across the country instead of receiving their predicted grades.

Ofqual chairman Roger Taylor said in a statement this afternoon: ‘We understand this has been a distressing time for students, who were awarded exam results last week for exams they never took. The pandemic has created circumstances no one could have ever imagined or wished for. We want to now take steps to remove as much stress and uncertainty for young people as possible – and to free up heads and teachers to work towards the important task of getting all schools open in two weeks.

‘After reflection, we have decided that the best way to do this is to award grades on the basis of what teachers submitted. The switch to centre assessment grades will apply to both AS and A-levels and to the GCSE results which students will receive later this week.

‘There was no easy solution to the problem of awarding exam results when no exams have taken place. Ofqual was asked by the Secretary of State to develop a system for awarding calculated grades, which maintained standards and ensured that grades were awarded broadly in line with previous years. Our goal has always been to protect the trust that the public rightly has in educational qualifications.’


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