Plans for awarding grades in 2021 set out by government - AoC responds

24 Feb 2021

Responding the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson's announcement setting out the timeline for awarding grades in 2021 and the use of teacher assessed grades, Chief Executive of AoC, David Hughes said:

“Today’s announcement provides more information on the process for awarding grades and on the timetable for exam centres, for exam results and for autumn resits. There is a lot to take in even before each awarding organisation issues more information in March about how they will take it forward.

Overall, the package is the best solution to a difficult situation – trusting teachers to make judgements, based on evidence and quality assured should deliver the fairest possible results this year. We need Ofqual, DfE and awarding organisations to be very aware of the potential for bias in this approach and look forward to seeing analysis on how the system works for Black and minority ethnic students as well as those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are also concerned that bringing forward the GCSE results days to early August will create extremely high workloads for the college staff managing the admission and transfer process at 16 as well as the advice and support to students progressing on from college into higher education, apprenticeships and jobs.”