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14 August 2020

Year 13 results 2020: Equalities watchdog warns it could intervene following A-level backlash
'We must not forget about the refugees being denied their basic right to education'
A closer look at middle leadership roles

Year 13 results 2020: Equalities watchdog warns it could intervene following A-level backlash


The Guardian reports on comments made by Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), in which she said: "Ofqual should be clear about the impact of the algorithm used in the standardisation model and the steps taken to remove bias and take into account equality." By Richard Adams and Heather Stewart.

Independent Education Today looks at results in the independent sector, stating that some schools have surpassed previous performance while others have had their lowest A-level results in years. By Jo Golding.

A-level students have told The Guardian of their disappointment after receiving their results. By David Batty and Rachel Obordo. BBC News carries a report answering some common questions being asked by students and parents about this year's exam results.

Christine Cunniffe, the principal of LVS Ascot, appeared on ITV's This Morning yesterday, criticising the system put in place by the Government for moderating exam results in England. Tes. Richard Russell, headmaster at Colfe’s School, has written to The Telegraph condemning the decision to use an algorithm instead of the professional judgement of teachers. Kay Mountfield, headmistress of Sir William Borlase's Grammar School, and James Simpson, the school's deputy headmaster, write in The Telegraph of their experience this year, concluding "we cannot be anything other than bitterly disappointed by the results that we have received".

An article in The Telegraph leads on claims by Ofqual that some teachers had submitted "implausibly high" predicted grades. By Camilla Turner, Anna Mikhailova and Catherine Neilan.

The Times reports that backbench Conservative MPs are "up in arms" over Gavin Williamson's handling of this year's exams. By Rosemary Bennett, Oliver Wright and Nicola Woolcock. John Swinney, Scotland's education secretary, has survived the closest no confidence vote in the history of the Scottish Parliament following a motion accusing him of the ‘mismanagement’ of the nation’s schools. By Chris Green, iNews.

Schools Week has published an article detailing eight key trends in England’s A-level results data. By James Carr and Freddie Whittaker. The publication also reports that students receiving B grades by their schools were most likely to have their results downgraded during the standardisation process. By James Carr.

Tes continues to run a live stream featuring updates relating to A-level and GCSE results.

School leaders have criticised top universities amid claims they have failed to show leniency to students whose results were downgraded. By Sally Weale, The Guardian. A report in The Times says that record numbers of disadvantaged teenagers have won places at university this year.

BBC News looks at what to expect next in the arguments over exam results. By Sean Coughlan. The article references the results of a snap HMC poll, which found 81% of independent school heads thought the system for deciding results was unfair.


'We must not forget about the refugees being denied their basic right to education'


The Telegraph reports on concerns being raised by campaigners about the millions of refugees being denied their basic right to education. By Jordan Kelly-Linden.

The Telegraph

A closer look at middle leadership roles


Tes examines the importance of middle leader roles in schools, as well as the trade-offs that are often required when entering these roles. By Emily Rankin. The article references a year-long programme being offered by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).



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