Trust teachers and give A-level, AS-level and GCSE students their Centre Assessed Grades

Clwyd West MS Darren Millar fears that a revised appeals process for A and AS Level students who have been downgraded would be overwhelmed and is calling on the Welsh Government to instead trust teachers and ensure that all students receive their centre assessed grades this year.

Darren is also calling for teacher-predicted grades to be applied to this Thursday’s GCSE results.

He said:

"Since A Level results day last week, I have been inundated by an avalanche of emails and calls from angry and upset students, parents and teachers regarding the inexplicable downgrading of their results in Wales.

"In spite of the assurances from Qualifications Wales the WJEC, and the Welsh Government it is clear that the system used to award grades this year has delivered many thousands of grossly unfair results which are having a huge impact on the future of young people, and an adverse impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

"The huge numbers of students affected mean that any revised appeals process would be quickly overwhelmed  and unable to deliver timely outcomes.

"Given the extraordinary circumstances this year I urge the Welsh Government to trust our teachers and ensure that all students are awarded their centre assessed grades for A and AS Levels this year."

He added:

"It is also essential that the Welsh Government does't repeat these mistakes again this week with GCSE results so it seems sensible to award centre assessed grades for these too."