17 August 2020 – today’s press release

PM must apologise over grade award “shambles”

Ahead of the expected announcement that all A level and GCSE pupils in England are to get their teacher assessed grade, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:

Despite the warnings, the Education Secretary’s botched handling of grade awards has left countless young people stressed and anxious. The Prime Minister must show leadership and personally apologise for his Government’s shambles.

This expected U-turn is victory for common sense and rightly answers calls from Liberal Democrats and others, but it should never have gotten this far.

While it is embarrassing for the Government, it has been excruciating for students. It is clear the Education Secretary is out of his depth. If he doesn’t walk, he must be pushed.

There is still a long way to go to clean up this mess. Government must provide the clarity young people need, including supporting and resourcing universities to ensure all provisional offers are honoured.

In addition, Ministers must follow the example of the Welsh Education Minister and commit to an independent review of the process – that’s what transparent and accountable leadership looks like.

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3 Comments

  • ……………..”PM must apologise over grade award “shambles”…………..

    No!

    Any apology from Johnson will only reinforce the Daily Express’s nonsense about a “victory for common sense” and portraying Johnson as taking control by making Williamson scrap the algorithm.

    Add Johnson’s silence to the already long list in his incompetent ‘leadership’..

  • Would an apology from Boris Johnson actually mean anything? Admission by ministers that they got something wrong could be quite refreshing. However what an “apology” usually means is along the lines of “We are really sorry that people feel really bad about what has happened.” The implication is that bad things just happen but ministers will take note of what has happened and (like everyone else) learn from it so that it never happens again. This is rather different from “This is my fault. I got it wrong and that is why I am resigning.”

  • GCSE ARE NEXT RESULTS. GOVE introduced new ones for state schools and made them MANDATORY. Meanwhile private schools use the LESS difficult IGCSE.It is therefore harder for state pupils to get higher grades to enter uni. This allows the privileged to maintain that privilege to ‘keep the masses down’
    Innovation is being introduced in private schools such as cooking skills animal husbandry and a whole host of others. Creativity innovation is then controlled/used in private schools to the detriment of state schools. Keep the masses down!!??

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