Lytham St Anne’s A Level and GCSE students have been given a ‘triple lock’ on their A-level and GCSE grades as Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has tonight (12.08.2020) said students could now opt for the grades they got in their mock exams. The students may choose either the moderated mark which is based on teacher assessments and a computer-generated ‘standardisation’ model – or their mock results. If they are not happy with either of those, they can sit the exam in the autumn, with the Government covering the cost for schools.
It seems that Mr Williamson was forced to offer this unprecedented ‘triple lock’, which will also apply to GCSE pupils, after Nicola Sturgeon performed a U-turn on Scotland’s exam results. North of the Border, 125,000 results, about one in four, were downgraded from what teachers had predicted, leading to an uproar and protests that disadvantaged pupils had been hardest hit. Boris Johnson and his ministers were thought to be anxious about a similar row erupting in England when A-level results are released tomorrow.