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BBC News: John Craven, CEO of upReach, on Ofqual’s grades algorithm

upReach’s Chief Executive, John Craven, was interviewed on BBC News about the algorithm used by Ofqual to calculate A-Level grades for UK students in 2020. John highlighted three major flaws in Ofqual’s methodology, based on upReach research which revealed the unfairness at the heart of the algorithm. (Source: BBC News, 17th August 2020) Watch a Read More

upReach Senior Brand, Marketing and Communications Officer - Job Description

TES: A-level private school subjects see ‘rampant’ inflation

“Classical subjects dominated by private schools saw 10 percentage point rise in entries getting A*/A, compared to ‘no grade inflation’ in popular state subjects.” “Ofqual’s standardisation of A-level results has resulted in “rampant grade inflation” for niche “private school subjects” such as Latin and classics, according to a social mobility charity.” “By contrast, state schools Read More

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The Telegraph: School union – Why did it take so long for the Government to act?

“Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has also said that the cap on the number of university places will be lifted this year in light of the current crisis.” “However, many within the education sector have voiced skepticism over the government’s latest U-turn.” “John Craven, chief executive of social mobility charity UpReach, added: “This seems the least Read More

upReach Senior Brand, Marketing and Communications Officer - Job Description

The Mirror: What happens now for A-level and GCSE students as exam downgrades are axed

“Thousands of teenagers will be celebrating after ‘downgraded’ A-levels and GCSEs were axed – but experts warn it may be too late for some to get into their university of choice. We’re trying to answer the biggest questions” John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, said: “It is not yet clear that all will be able Read More

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Independent: A-level results: ‘Rampant’ grade inflation in Latin and classics, while state schools unfairly hit by lowered marks, charity says

“Algorithm ‘unfairly destroyed the dreams of thousands of ordinary students’, CEO says” “There’s been rampant grade inflation in exams that are more prominent in independent schools because they’re not subjected to the standardisation process, yet Ofqual’s justification for standardisation was to avoid grade inflation,” UpReach chief executive John Craven said. “He said Ofqual’s standardisation process Read More

upReach Senior Brand, Marketing and Communications Officer - Job Description

Ofqual grades algorithm: A recipe for unfairness

Award-winning social mobility charity, upReach, comments on their recently released research revealing the unfairness at the heart of the Ofqual A-Level grading algorithm Read the research report here.  John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, comments:  “Ofqual’s flawed methodology resulted in rampant grade inflation in subjects more popular at independent schools such as Classics. By their Read More