ASCL responds to UUK fair admissions review

13/11/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the recommendations of Universities UK’s Fair Admissions Review.
 
Responding to the recommendations of Universities UK’s Fair Admissions Review, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“School and college leaders will be pleased with the plan to outlaw the use of so-called ‘conditional unconditional offers’.
 
“This type of offer demotivates students from doing as well as they can in A-levels and other important qualifications, and encourages them to accept courses which may not best suit them.
 
“It is a marketing tactic designed to put ‘bums on seats’ and is driven by intense competition between universities rather than the best interests of students.
 
“Universities UK deserves great credit for this move to put the sector’s house in order and for proposing a new code of practice to maintain admission standards.
 
“We also welcome its support for an overhaul of the current university admission system.
 
“There is a growing consensus in favour of ending the current reliance on predicted grades and moving to a system of post-qualification admissions.
 
“Teachers work hard and diligently to provide accurate predicted grades, but it is not an exact science, and never can be.
 
“Post-qualification admissions would be better and fairer.
 
“There are different models about how this might work and we welcome UUK’s recommendations in the review as part of that discussion.”