The Observer says nearly five million GCSEs – 97% of the total – will be awarded this week just based on the controversial algorithm at the heart of the solid line on A-level results.
According to the analysis shared with the document, teacher rankings will be taken into account, but not teacher rated grades submitted by schools and colleges.
It is estimated that 82% of level A results were calculated by the Ofqual algorithm.
The Sunday Mirror predicts a GCSE “disaster”. He estimates that two million recommended notes will be cut by what he calls a “wacky” computer model.
The Sunday Times predicts that what it describes as “test results chaos” will end in court battles.
He says the dispute over the fairness of the emergency grading system is escalating after many students lose places at major universities.
The document speaks of an expected ‘tsunami’ of complaints about GCSE’s performance – with many young people likely to lose places in sixths and apprenticeship programs.
It points to growing evidence that top-flight students in major public schools and sixth-grade colleges and higher education have been hit hardest by the algorithm, with private school students benefiting the most.
The Sunday Express leads with an article by Education Secretary under pressure, Gavin Williamson.
But on the front page, he glosses over the exam controversy, instead highlighting what he calls his “heartfelt” call to get kids back to their classrooms in time for the new term next month. The title of the newspaper is: “Kids Must Come First”.
In his article, Mr Williamson says that a return to school is “morally, socially and economically necessary” – and that the risks of that not happening are “too high to ignore”.
The Mail on Sunday says Home Secretary Priti Patel has sparked a diplomatic row with France – claiming migrants are crossing the Channel to escape a “racist country”.
She allegedly made the comment on a private conference call with Conservative MPs.
According to the Mail, Ms Patel also said the migrants feared torture if they returned to France.
Government sources have strongly denied that the interior minister made the reported remarks. They said she only conveyed what the asylum seekers had said – and viewed the allegations of possible torture as nonsense pushed by activist lawyers.
However, according to the Mail, the comments infuriated French MPs. One is quoted as calling them “hateful” and another as saying: “Madame Patel is not a politician who thinks a lot”.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph reports that a specialist team from the Royal Navy has been deployed to help the Border Force slow down the Channel crossings.
A number of the front pages carry photos of services marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day – the end of World War II.
The Sunday Times and Express both show the Prince of Wales laying a wreath at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The Observer features veterans and service men and women participating in the same event.
In the Telegraph, the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, calls for the “forgotten army” of the Far East to be remembered at last.
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