Hundreds of thousands of students anxiously opened their A-Level results today, having not sat summer exams due to the coronavirus pandemic. But many have been left disappointed, as about 35 percent of results have been downgraded by one grade, new figures reveal. It means these students in England will be awarded a lower grade than what their teachers predicted.
The lower grades are a result of the Joint Council for Qualifications “standardising” the grades given by teachers using historical data.
But pupils will be allowed to appeal the grade and request their mock exam mark, as part of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s “triple lock” to ensure their grades are credible and fair.
Exam regulator Ofqual have said standards across the country have been maintained this year, despite the severe disruption caused by the pandemic.
Top A* and A grades have risen by 2.4 percent, while the number of students accepted on to a degree course this year has risen by 2.9 percent compared with last year.
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