ASCL responds to Education Secretary’s evidence on grading fiasco

16/09/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the evidence of the Secretary of State for Education to the House of Commons Education Committee over the process for awarding GCSE and A-level grades this summer.
 
Commenting on the evidence of the Secretary of State for Education to the House of Commons Education Committee over the process for awarding GCSE and A-level grades this summer, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“We are not sure that we are very much further forward in understanding what went wrong with the grading process this summer.
 
“The Secretary of State for Education’s evidence seemed to boil down to calculated grades being the right approach in the circumstances but there were ultimately too many inconsistencies. Ofqual’s evidence earlier this month was that it did its best with what proved to be an impossible task.
 
“Pupils, teachers, parents and taxpayers deserve better answers than this.
 
“It remains a mystery as to why Ofqual’s chief regulator ended up standing down and why the Prime Minister decided that there was a need for ‘fresh official leadership’ at the Department for Education resulting in the Permanent Secretary standing down.
 
“We have previously called on the Secretary of State for Education to commission an independent review into the grading fiasco but we haven’t received a reply. We repeat that call now. This must happen in order to gain a full understanding of what went wrong and ensure that lessons are learned for the future.”