As charities working to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access higher education, we found this week’s education announcements to be of great interest. There are some essential details to be finalised. First, schools must focus on supporting young people to prepare for their transition to higher education. Teaching time must be protected – Read More
Writing for the Higher Education Policy Institute, upReach Chief Executive explained how Ofqual might have improved their methodology to avoid the recent turmoil. Read the full blog here. (Source: John Craven for HEPI) The blog is available on HEPI here.
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
“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
“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
“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
“Government announcement expected on Monday as research shows grades missed regulator’s targets” (Source: Bethan Staton & Laura Hughes, The Financial Times) The full article can be read online here.
“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
“Private schools will benefit from grading process most, says social mobility charity” “Ofqual’s under-fire grading process will determine the overwhelming majority of GCSE grades awarded this Thursday, new analysis shows.” (Source: Catherine Lough, TES) The full article can be read online here.
“4.6 million will not reflect teachers’ grades, as Ofqual suspends A-level appeals policy” “Research by upReach, a social mobility charity, predicts that about 4.6 million grades will be awarded using the algorithm and teacher rankings of pupils, but not teacher-assessed grades. Its study also raised concerns about how the model’s use of historic grade data Read More