Exams regulator Ofqual has confirmed this year’s A-Level and GCSE grades will now be based on teacher predictions following outcry from students and teachers up and down the country.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting schools and education, Ofqual used an algorithm based on school’s previous results which downgraded around 40% of A-Level results – leaving thousands of students unable to go to their chosen universities.
Since results day, many people across England have protested against the algorithm, with headteachers calling last week’s A-Level results “unfair” and “unfathomable”.
Now, Ofqual has announced a U-turn which will allow students’ grades to be based on teacher-assessed grades.
Ofqual did add in a statement that “where a moderated grade is higher than a centre assessed grade, learners may keep that grade”.