Anxiety over grades could lead to a significant increase in legal challenges.
The decision by the Department for Education (DfE) to close all schools and colleges last year resulted in the cancellation of GCSE, AS and ‘A’ level exams. The DfE, with Ofqual, decided that students who were due to sit their public exams would instead be awarded teacher assessed grades (TAGs). The replacement with TAGs has led to a huge amount of anxiety and worry for students and their parents.
A recent poll by Mumsnet shows that 54% of parents believe that this year’s system is unfair, and a survey of teachers by TES indicated that only 52% of teachers believed that the grading process in their school was fair and that it would give students the grades they deserved. Consequently, it is anticipated that there will be a sharp increase in the numbers of appeals against grades.
The general secretary of the Association of School and College…