Analysis of data by The Guardian shows that independent schools have received more than twice as many A and A* grades than comprehensives courtesy of the algorithm used for standardisation. Ofqual data shows 48.6% of students at these private, fee paying schools received an A* or A grade compared with 21.8% of students from comprehensives. The Guardian analysis this morning (14.08.2020) also showed that the fewest top grades were awarded in state schools in the North West and North East of England.
Boris Johnson later insisted the results were ‘robust’ and ‘dependable’.
Also today, The Independent (14.08.2020) highlighted the disparities in the Tory-backed system, by showing that the private school sector experienced a massive rise in those awarded the highest grades – from 43.9% in 2019 to 48.6% this year (up by 4.7%)
Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, acknowledged that an ‘exceptionally high-performing child in a low-performing school’ would not get their expected grades. However, Labour leader Kier Starmer said that ‘something has obviously gone horribly wrong with this year’s exam results.’
Meanwhile, some top universities, including Oxford, have today warned applicants who successfully appeal their downgraded A-level results that they may have to wait a year before they can start their degree courses.
This controversy will continue next week when GCSE results are announced.