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Justin: Pupils at GSCE in Northern Ireland will receive the expected grades from their teachers, the Stormont Education Minister said.Just days before the results were released on Thursday, Peter Weir abandoned a plan that would have had grades calculated using a mathematical model taking into account the schools’ past performance.

The major policy change comes amid a raging controversy in Northern Ireland over the system used to award A-grade marks.

This decision affects marks issued by the Northern Ireland examining body, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).

The CAMC represents 97 percent of all GCSEs performed in the region.

Students who were required to sit on GCSEs established by award bodies in England or Wales will still be graded according to the approach taken by those organizations.

The Stormont Assembly is expected to be recalled from the summer recess to debate the fury over the standardization formula used for A-levels.

More than a third of the A-level marks issued last Thursday were lower than teachers’ estimates.

Mr Weir has so far resisted calls to overturn the disputed results generated by the A-level algorithm and replace them with predictions from teachers.

However, he has now made this decision for the GCSEs.

The CCEA standardization systems for A levels and GCSEs were different.

While the A Level model took into account the results of students ‘previous exams, the GCSE algorithm did not take into account any data on students’ past academic performance.

Instead, he used data relating to the performance of previous GCSE classes in schools attended by students.

Critics of the process have argued that it would have been highly unfair for student grades to be influenced by what former GCSE students have achieved.

Mr Weir said his decision would not delay the release of the notes on Thursday.

“Having received the advice of the CCEA and listened to the concerns of school leaders, teachers, parents and young people, I decided that all GCSE candidates would now receive the grades submitted by their center,” he said. declared.

“Standardization is normally a key feature of the awarding of qualifications in Northern Ireland and the UK.

“However, these are exceptional circumstances and in exceptional times really tough decisions are made.

“I am aware that for GCSEs, unlike Level A, we do not have prior system level performance data for this group of young people.

“I want to encourage as many young people as possible to continue their education or training after 16 and know that they have another opportunity to engage in education. I am also aware that unlike Level A, many GCSE students will not have access to previous public exam results to inform appeal processes.

“So I acted now before the release of the GCSE results to allay anxieties, reassure young people and their families, and ensure that each candidate receives a grade that recognizes the work they have done.”

Mr Weir said students in schools across Northern Ireland had shown ‘incredible resilience’ through the pandemic.

“I hope that our GCSE students will now confidently take their next step in education, employment or training with the qualifications that teachers or professors have deemed deserved,” he said.

“I would like to send my best wishes to everyone who will receive their GCSE results on Thursday.”

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