KCC Principal expresses "deep anger and frustration" at A-Level results
Kingsbridge Community College Principal Tina Graham has written to our local MP to express her "anger and frustration" at the way A-Level results have been downgraded.
|Kingsbridge Community College's Sixth Form Centre|
In a letter to Anthony Mangnall MP, she said that the way the A-Level results had been calculated has resulted in "deep injustices for individual students and their families in schools like ours".
the way the A-Level results had been calculated has resulted in deep injustices for individual students and their families in schools like ours
Nationally, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is under fire for the way the A-Level results have been calculated, especially since official data showed private schools increased the proportion of students being awarded top results by more than double that of state schools.
Ms Graham said: "Despite the immense effort and care that went into producing realistic and accurate Centre Assessed Grades, these appear to have been completely ignored as 61 per cent of our submitted grades have been downgraded."
these appear to have been completely ignored as 61 per cent of our submitted grades have been downgraded
She went on: "Gavin Williamson has said that 'increasing the A-Level grades will mean a whole generation could end up being promoted beyond their abilities', our students have been downgraded such that they have the potential to be overlooked for the jobs that they are more than capable of doing.
[This quote from Gavin Williamson is actually inaccurate, despite being widely shared in the media. In an article in the Telegraph, the education secretary said that giving results based only on the predicted grades of teachers would mean results were considerably higher this year, which he said would “devalue the results for the class of 2020”. “But worse than that, it would mean that students this year would lose out twice over, both in their education and their future prospects.”]
Ms Graham continued: "We have a 90 per cent UCAS success rate at KCC, with all students placed in normal circumstances by the end of results day. Today, this has dropped to 65 per cent."
She concluded: "[Gavin Williamson's] statement today that is being widely reported in the media 'that the process has to be like this or schools would just enter A* grades for all candidates' is professionally insulting and undermines the rigorous process of Centre Assessment Grades that has already been undertaken. The process has not resulted in all students being given A*s and teachers' professional judgement has been utterly ignored during this shambolic process."
teachers' professional judgement has been utterly ignored during this shambolic process
In Scotland, whose students received their results nine days before students in England and Wales, tens of thousands of school pupils are to have their exam results upgraded after the Scottish government agreed to accept teacher estimates of scores.
The BBC article said: "The government U-turn follows an outcry from pupils after a moderation system saw 125,000 estimated results being downgraded. All results that were downgraded will now be withdrawn and replaced by the original estimates."
We have contacted both Tina Graham and Anthony Mangnall MP for addition comments. We will update this story when we receive replies.