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Middlesbrough College welcomes Government U-Turn decision after exams outcry

Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College

WITH the Government announcing today that the algorithm used to standardise last week’s #ALevelResults will be dropped in favour of teacher-assessed grades, @MbroCollege has welcomed the decision, calling for the hard work of students and teachers to be recognised.

Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College, said:

“We’re pleased that the Government has addressed this issue after serious concerns were raised by students and educators across the country.

“Even amongst the uncertainty of the last few months, our students and staff have worked extremely hard, and we therefore welcome the decision to use teacher-assessed grades in awarding final A-Level results.”

Zoe Lewis added: “It is our firm belief that teacher-assessed grades are a far more accurate reflection of each individual student’s academic achievement, with grade predictions made by our teachers historically highly accurate in relation to final grades.

“Students have told us how much they have valued the support the College has shown them throughout the pandemic, and we’re proud of how hard they’ve worked and how much they’ve achieved over the past few months. We therefore look forward to our students receiving grades that more accurately reflect their achievements.”

From the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Middlesbrough College ensured that students were fully supported, shifting to online learning before lockdown came into effect and making sure that each student remained engaged with teachers and classmates.

The College has been praised by Ofsted for the quality of teaching, the excellent support students receive, and the progress they make throughout their time at the College. As a result, Middlesbrough College ranks among the top further education institutions in the UK.

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