Ofqual said schools and colleges submitted higher grades than one would normally expect, but this was not surprising as teachers had not had the opportunity to develop a common approach to scoring in advance and “naturally want to do their best for their students.” “.
The regulator also sought to reassure students and their teachers that despite the downward adjustments, results are still expected to be slightly better than last year, up 1% across all classes at GCSE and 2% at level A.
The government has been forced to cancel all summer exams this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has closed schools to everyone except the children of key workers and vulnerable students. Accordingly, the marks awarded this year will be based on a combination of teacher evaluation, class ranking and past performance of students and their schools.
Ofqual revealed that the expected grades submitted by schools and colleges were about 12 percentage points higher than last year’s results at A level, and 9 percentage points higher at GCSE, with peaks at key levels such as 4 at GCSE which is a pass, and B at level A which may be required for university entry.
“An improvement of this magnitude in a single year has never happened and allowing it would significantly reduce the value of these grades for students,” the regulator said.
Ofqual also sought to allay fears that certain groups of students, including Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority (BAME) students, as well as those with special educational needs and disabilities (Send), may be disadvantaged by calculated scores. Ofqual said their analysis found no evidence of a widening of the results gaps.
Nansi Ellis, Deputy Secretary General of the National Education Union, said: “It is very good news that the results of this year’s extraordinary examination process are broadly comparable to the results of previous years, and that the majority of students will not be disadvantaged by this year. process.
“The majority of the scores calculated by the teachers were not changed by the Ofqual process, which shows that the scores assessed by the center were as strong as the exam scoring. It is an honor to the hard work and professionalism of the teachers, who have a good understanding of the achievements of their students.