GCSE results day: Government urged to learn from A-levels

THE government has been urged to learn lessons from the disappointment caused on A-level results day as thousands of teenagers face a nervous wait for their GCSE grades.

Year 11 pupils are set to discover their grades and how they have been altered by the government’s contentious system on Thursday, August 20.

As reported, many youngsters have missed out on university places in the past few days due to receiving grades below their predicted results following changes delivered by a nationwide computer algorithm.

As the fallout continues from A-level results, attention, in part, turns to the situation with secondary school leavers. 

Asked about concerns a similar situation could develop with GCSE results next week, Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood said: “This is now what is on everybody’s minds. Is this going to be repeated next week?

“I hope government learns from what we have seen in Scotland, what we have seen with A-level results, to make sure decisions are made in plenty of time to avoid a repeat.”

Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns said fears of a repeat of the disappointment experienced by many with A-level results was a concern he shared.

He said: “It is easy to be dismissive of GCSEs but they can be career defining. For example, a student who wanted to ultimately go on to study medicine would have certain requirements to reach at GCSE to get on to the right A-level courses.

“My message is we will be there again standing shoulder to shoulder with our young people to alleviate and overcome decisions that are unfair based on teacher evidence and trajectory of academic ability.

“We have to remember we are dealing with individual young people here, many of whom see education as a route to a better life. Their life chances should not be damaged by this ghastly virus.”

Bournemouth Echo | News