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17th August 2020

A-level crisis deepens as Ofqual revokes new appeals guidance


Within eight hours of publication on Saturday evening, England’s exam regulator Ofqual abruptly withdrew its revised exam appeals guidance. The move has plunged the government’s efforts to rectify the chaos arising from this year’s A-level results into renewed turmoil, leading one Conservative MP to describe the predicament as “unacceptable” and
14th August 2020

US DoJ finds Yale unlawfully disfavours Asian-Americans


Following a two-year investigation, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) has issued a blistering letter to Yale University after finding that it unlawfully discriminates against white and Asian American applicants. The letter instructs the university to change its selection process immediately. The DoJ’s letter details its finding that Yale has
14th August 2020

Fury builds over England’s A-level results


Britain’s equality watchdog, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), has stepped into the growing row over this year’s A-level results in England, demanding that Ofqual “remove bias” in its moderation process. After the release of the results yesterday, it rapidly became clear that children from the poorest backgrounds had
13th August 2020

Triple-lock A-level policy prompts universities to seek “urgent clarification”


The government’s last-minute alteration to appeals procedures for students disappointed with their A-level results has prompted universities to seek “urgent clarification” on how this will affect them. The Department for Education (DfE), seeking to avert in England the outrage that erupted in Scotland over this year’s A-level results, announced the
13th August 2020

Government bracing itself for backlash over England’s A-level results


School leaders across England have expressed shock and dismay at the effects that controversially computer-moderated A-level grade assessments will have on students this week. Pressure is now building on the government to introduce a fairer system or face a furious backlash. A head teacher in the north-east of England told
12th August 2020

niversities fear significant shortfalls in student numbers this year


Concern is growing among British universities that they will face significant shortages in student numbers this year as school leavers consider deferring their places until 2021, according to the online news source i. i has received information that Oxford University is about to initiate a “major clemency programme” that will
12th August 2020

DfE says this year’s students can opt for mock results


England’s GCSE and A-level students will be permitted to opt for a “valid mock grade” if it proves better than their final Ofqual-moderated centre-assessment grade this week under a new plan devised by the Department for Education (DfE). The DfE’s new “triple lock” system, which the government has now formally
11th August 2020

Universities urged to reserve places for students appealing results


The universities minister Michelle Donelan has urged universities to keep places open for students who are challenging their A-level results this year. Given the outrage accompanying the release of school exam results in Scotland last week, ministers in Westminster are bracing themselves for a similar backlash in England when A-level
11th August 2020

PM vows to do utmost to ensure results reflect pupil efforts


In an apparent effort to forestall a similar backlash against this year’s exam results to that which occurred in Scotland last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that it is understandable for pupil “anxiety” to accompany the release of estimated grades this week. During a visit to a school
10th August 2020

Swinney announces exams climbdown as no-confidence vote looms


The Scottish Education Secretary John Swinney has declared that he has “heard the anger of students” disappointed by their results this summer and will announce major new measures to redress the problem. His comments, widely seen as a humiliating U-turn, come in the wake of a furious backlash from students,

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