Boris Johnson claims that despite the lack of tests, A-level grades will be fair.
Despite the lack of tests, A-level students will receive the results they deserve today, according to the government.
Boris Johnson’s spokesman yesterday expressed complete trust in the grading system, which is based on teacher assessments that have been imposed by the pandemic. His comments reflect concerns that the elimination of tests is leading to grade inflation, with record numbers of students anticipated to receive high grades.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said today, ahead of the release of A-level results in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, “Students have worked really hard through an exceptionally trying time.” They are completely deserving of their qualifications.
“We all know that examinations are the most objective form of evaluation, but in the absence of exams this year, no one is better qualified to appraise their abilities than their teachers.”
Concerns concerning grade inflation were also dismissed by union leaders. Last year’s exam season was thrown into disarray when hundreds of A-level grades were reduced due to a computer system designed to combat grade inflation.
Exams regulator Ofqual withdrew the algorithm after public outrage and instead accepted teacher assessments.
“Students, parents, education providers, and businesses have every reason to be confident in the findings, even if there have been no exams,” said Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers.
“This year’s grades are based on actual work completed by students, as reviewed by their teachers, moderated, and quality assured. This year, there are no algorithms; only human labor and professional judgment.”
“This batch of pupils has seen more educational disruption than any other since World War II,” said Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders.
“Students have worked really hard in what has been an amazing and tough year, and each one should be incredibly proud of their achievements,” Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said.
“We should all be proud of their ability to persevere in the face of adversity.”
“More than any other year, we must do everything we can to guarantee that the A-level results are fair to all kids, regardless of what school they happen to attend or where they come from,” said Lee Elliot Major, professor of social mobility at the University of Exeter.