Release date: 17/08/2020
Statement at 16.30 on 17 August:
NGA very much welcomes the decision to allow centre assessed grades to stand for both A-levels and GCSEs, concluding what has been an incredibly trying time for students, their families and school leaders across the country. We are especially pleased that this announcement has been made in advance of GCSE students receiving their grades later this week.
Like so many other organisations and individuals across the sector and beyond, NGA is deeply relieved that the government is no longer proposing an appeals system as the answer to what has become a botched and unfair situation and that students up and down the country will no longer have to endure a long and uncertain wait.
Statement at 13.30 on 17 August:
On behalf of school governors and trustees throughout England NGA is calling on the government to take the rapid and decisive action needed to deal with the instability and emerging injustices surrounding this year’s A-level results and restore confidence in the appeals system before the same issues present themselves for the year 11 students who are due to receive their GCSE results on Thursday.
While we absolutely recognise this year has presented an unprecedented challenge for producing the correct approach to both A-level and GCSE results, it is completely unacceptable to settle on a system that has worked for some pupils, while dashing the hopes of others through no fault of their own. It is now clear that the crude algorithm used by Ofqual to moderate student centre assessed grades has failed. It has resulted in many A -level students having their grades unjustly levelled down. Worst of all it exacerbates inequality in the system by treating students differently on account of the type of school they attend. This will impact thousands of young lives during a time of national uncertainty. We share the view that pointing towards appeals and retakes as a solution is simply not good enough.
NGA is calling on the on the government to immediately reconsider its approach and accept that the time has come to rely solely on their student centre assessed grades as the only fair method by which to determine this year’s A-level and GCSE results.
NGA is currently in discussion with Ofqual and will continue to engage directly with the Department for Education.