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Layla Moran: Govt must ensure predicted grades don’t disadvantage students

The Liberal Democrat's Education Spokesperson Layla Moran

Responding to the growing concerns about the system for awarding A-level grades, Liberal Democrat Education spokeperson @LaylaMoran said:

“Young people have already had their education derailed by the coronavirus crisis. They shouldn’t be further penalised by inaccurate grades. This study proves that algorithms are not a fair alternative to the examination process. 

“The Liberal Democrats have been clear that Ministers need to make the appeals process for A-Level grades straightforward, with individual pupils able to appeal directly to the relevant examination boards free of charge. They must also make clear the process for resits, again at no cost to pupils. 

“It is also crucial the Government give clear guidance to universities, encouraging them to exercise leniency when it comes to entry requirements. Otherwise inequality in access to higher education could become even more stark as a result of this crisis.

“Every individual should get the best start in life, whoever they are, whatever their background. These predicted grades will have a lasting consequence on a young person’s choices – that is why it’s crucial the Secretary of State steps in to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged by the pandemic or by their gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.”

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