PUBLISHED: 00:27, Sat, Aug 15, 2020 | UPDATED: 01:02, Sat, Aug 15, 2020
Because of the coronavirus, students have been unable to sit exams as usual so their grades have been calculated through a combination of teacher predictions and a complex algorithm. There was controversy after 39 percent of grades predicted by teachers were down marked by the algorithm by one or more grades.
Critics pointed out schools in deprived areas had been hit worst by the adjustments whilst private schools experienced less of an impact.
The algorithm used factors like their school’s past performance to help determine what adjustments should be made to pupil grades.
England’s exam regulator said it was forced to act after teachers submitted “implausibly high” predicted grades.
According to The Mirror Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will commit to waiving the fees for any exam appeals this year, with the cost of any failed appeals being covered by the Department for Education.
39 percent of A-Level predictions from teachers were downgraded (Image: GETTY)
Protesters outside Downing Street on Friday (Image: GETTY)
Currently schools have to pay a fee, either £120 or £150, for each unsuccessful appeal.
The paper reports Mr Williamson is also launching a task force to ensure appeals are completed before university admission deadlines pass.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb has reportedly been put in charge of this team, which will liaise with exam boards and the Ofqual regulator.
Currently the UCAS university deadline for students to meet their academic requirements is September 7.
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Students protested against their A-Level results on Friday (Image: GETTY)
After this date universities may start offering the places of those who failed to make the required grades to other students.