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Update on changes to the award of A-level grades

The past few days have been turbulent for young people and we have been saddened by the way in which a normally joyful occasion has been marred by national uncertainty and policy confusion. Students collecting their A-level results deserved better than this and we now cautiously welcome the greater certainty that the most recent announcements will provide. This will ensure students receive the better grade from the originally awarded ‘Calculated Grade’ or the Centre Assessed Grades that we were asked to submit in line with the regulator’s original guidance.

This change will now provide a much welcome and deserved uplift for a very significant number of our students and we now stand ready to support everyone who needs our help to clarify outcomes and secure the University places they deserve and aspire to. Our students will be contacted directly with updates and information about Centre Assessed Grades where these are needed more quickly than awarding bodies can confirm these.

Whilst our focus is on supporting students with their progression plans, all those who had previously requested appeals will now be contacted once we know whether the previous processes continue to or if new avenues of appeal will replace these arrangements for anyone who remains unhappy with any of their final grades after this change.

We hope that students and their families will now be able to move forward with the increased level certainty this change now provides.

A copy of the statement from the Department for Education is provided below and we await the specific guidance on how the change will be implemented.

It has been announced that A and AS level students will be reissued their centre assessment grades. GCSE students will also receive their centre assessment grades on Thursday. Anyone who received a calculated grade higher than their centre assessment grade will not see their grade reduced.

The Secretary of State for Education said: ‘This has been an extraordinarily difficult year for young people who were unable to take their exams. We worked with Ofqual to construct the fairest possible model, but it is clear that the process of allocating grades has resulted in more significant inconsistencies than can be resolved through an appeals process.’

‘We now believe it is better to offer young people and parents certainty by moving to teacher assessed grades for both A and AS level and GCSE results. I am sorry for the distress this has caused young people and their parents but hope this announcement will now provide the certainty and reassurance they deserve.’

Further information can be found in the students to receive centre assessment grades announcement.

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