Saturday, December 4

Labour slams downgrading



Hundreds of thousands of school leavers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their A-level results, as ministers face pressure over a last-minute change to allow students to choose their mock exam results if they are unhappy with their grades.

Exams this summer were cancelled due to the pandemic and students will receive estimated grades to help them progress into university, work or training.

But the use of mock grades has drawn criticism from teachers, students and ministers, who warned the change contained massive inconsistencies and beggars belief.

Labour leader Keir Starmer hit out at the eleventh hour changes, calling it shambolic. This is a complete fiasco. It was obvious this was going to be difficult but it’s been weeks or months in the coming, he said, noting the fallout last week in Scotland where grades were downgraded for students from more deprived areas.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has insisted the system is fair and robust.