Just hours after Ofqual released guidance surrounding the A Level appeals process for this year, it was removed from the government site.
This caused confusion for many students. When questioned on the change, Ofqual responded that the policy was “being reviewed” and more information would be released “in due course”.
The decision for the removal is still unknown.
This move has following an outcry from students after almost 40% of predicted grades were downgraded by the regulator’s “moderation algorithm”.
Earlier today we published information about mock exam results in appeals. This policy is being reviewed by the Ofqual board and further information will be published in due course.An Ofqual Spokesperson
The Labour Party has accused the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, of backtracking on assurances given to students about the appeals process.
Williamson gave a “triple lock” commitment that students could use the highest result out of their teacher’s predicted grade, their mock exam or sitting the actual exam in the autumn.
However, in its document, Ofqual said that if the mock result was higher than the teacher’s prediction, it was the teacher’s prediction which would count.
Gavin Williamson promised to give students a triple lock, but instead he left many devastated by unfair exam results, and now his commitment to give them another chance is rapidly unravelling.Shadow education secretary, Kate Green
Having promised that students will be able to use a valid mock result, the reality is that many will not receive these grades even if they represent a student’s best result.
The latest chaos is the inevitable consequence of this government’s shambolic approach to exams, which saw solutions dreamt up on the back of a cigarette packet and announced barely a day before young people received their results.
No information has yet been released about the GCSE results for England, which are due to be announced on Thursday.
The communication from my college was great, they told us everything as soon as they knew, however the government have been all over the place. Putting teachers, students and parents in confusion and stress. I’ve seen other people results and their predicted being all As or A*s or Bs and got Cs and Ds. It has been unfair on those in public schools. I know I would have gotten better in my exams if I were to have taken them.An A Level student from Farnborough Sixth
Many are urging the UK Government to do the same as Scotland and accept teacher predictions as final grades. Ministers insist that this would cause grade inflation with nearly 40% of grades being too high.
A petition calling for students to receive teacher predicted exam grades has been signed by 22,000 people.