A Burntwood councillor says Lichfield’s MP has made “an incredible u-turn” on the A-Level results controversy.
The Government has opted to return to teacher assessments for grading after controversy surrounding an algorithm which saw more than a third of pupils predicted results downgraded.
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said after the reversal had been confirmed that the decision should have been made sooner.
“While I recognise and accept that Ofqual has said that university selectors are not content with teachers grading their own students because a minority of schools submit ‘implausibly high predicted grades’ – indeed, that is why we have to have exams in the first place in order to achieve a more accurate measure of A-Level performance – it has become clear that the algorithm used by Ofcom was seriously flawed.
“No alternative to examination can be perfect, but Ofqual’s algorithm just did not work.”Michael Fabricant MP
But Cllr Sue Woodward said those comments flew in the face of previous views where he had suggested schools and teachers decided grades was “absolutely no solution”.
“What an incredible u-turn – not just by education secretary Gavin Williamson but by the Lichfield MP.
“Why wasn’t he saying this, on behalf of local students and their families, a few days ago?
“Lichfield deserves better from their MP than a slavish toeing of the Conservative party line.”Cllr Sue Woodward