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Should the rest of the UK follow the Scottish Results changes announced?

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Should the rest of the UK follow the Scottish Results changes announced?

The Scottish government have today announced they'll be withdrawing all grades for students who were given grades on results day that were below their teacher predictions.

See here for the BBC's news article on this.

Whilst there's a separate thread here to discuss this decision, I wanted to ask whether you think England, Wales and Northern Ireland are now expected to do something similar if Thursday demonstrates similar patterns of "downgrading" students based on data from previous schools results? :holmes:

Is this something you want to see happen?
Do you think it realistically will?

Post below with your thoughts. :smile:

Update: DfE confirms that they will not be doing a u-Turn similar to the Scottish government.

Update 2: Scrap the above, 4 hours was apparently too long to expect consistency in policy. New thread here with updates on what we currently do and don't know about a new policy regarding mock grades and appeals.
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Could you add a poll to this thread, please?
will be interesting if it does happen. i don't think it will. a little part of me would like it to happen but i know it'll be unfair
the method used this year for moderation of distribution i don't really agree with though
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Will it happen? One word : no
Should it happen? : remains to be seen the actual impact on lower socioeconomic groups in England and Wales and Northern Ireland
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Original post by Moonbow
Do you think the same will happen for GCSEs? I don’t think it’s likely but I’m curious nonetheless 🧐

In many ways I hope not, but on account of the autumn exam series opportunity for students in England that Scottish students don't get I think Ofqual / DfE would be justified in not allowing the same changes to be made.
Original post by theJoyfulGeek
Even if it does have an impact (which it does), results from less privileged areas will never be as good as results from posh areas.

The solution to this is to ACTUALLY FIX THE PROBLEM by INVESTING MONEY, TACKLING SOCIETAL ISSUES, AND IMPROVING THOSE SCHOOLS WHICH DO BADLY, not just PRETENDING THAT THE PROBLEM DOESN'T EXIST.

Sorry.


I never said I disagreed
The people this change disadvantages most are those who aren't going to university, in my view. Those wanting to go straight into employment will be able to have employers legitimately question whether the candidate sat in front of them actually earnt the grades they did.

For those going to uni, the unis won't care a great deal so long as they get bums on seats, and graduate recruiters won't care as much about the A Level or GCSE grades compared to a degree classification.
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Original post by 学生の父
Could you add a poll to this thread, please?


Good idea, done. :smile:
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Original post by 04MR17
In many ways I hope not, but on account of the autumn exam series opportunity for students in England that Scottish students don't get I think Ofqual / DfE would be justified in not allowing the same changes to be made.

I really hope so :frown: Let’s hope they stick to their guns, though it can’t be easy...
Tough issue, the original system of judging grades based of location of school was poor. However you have to feel the complete reversal/commitment to upgrading grades is equally not the solution, and it definitely comes off as a knee-jerk to the unpopularity of the original methodology.
Honestly, yes if Scottish people are able to have their teacher estimated grades so should the English students. With the huge backlash against the Scottish Government last week, it is almost definite that same will happen to the English government due to the standardisation process being almost identical. But I don’t think the U-turn will happen over here for English students since the government is very stubborn.
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As someone who sat A-Levels last year, I think this would be unfair on previous and future cohorts. Results this year are said to have improved slightly even after adjustments; it would devalue grades if they are significantly higher this year.
Original post by 04MR17
bums on seats

This phrase has been corrected from the original "bums up seats" that I'd written. :redface:

:oops:
Complete cop-out. No attempt to find an actual solution but instead, do a complete u-turn in order to placate the kids and secure the young vote.

I agree with 04MR17 above - people entering the workplace straightaway might have some problems, as employers will be right to question the legitimacy of the grades presented in front of them.
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Original post by theJoyfulGeek
I think that neither the Scottish nor English should have their grades upgraded. It just screws the year 10s and 12s over even more...


In reality, none of this is fair. But come on, would you rather be given out a grade by a computer that will affect your life forever or your teacher who actually knows you and who uses their professional judgement.
If anyone thinks this is anything other than Sturgeoun trying to buy votes for independence you're deluded. The woman is dangerous and needs to be dealt with accordingly.
The fact that socioeconomic class was encoded into the SQAs algorithm highlights the disparity in higher education and how the SQA and Scottish universities activity discourage those for a lower and working class background from attending university. I guess if the RUK has the same opinion then the results on Thursday will be a replication of the Scottish exam results day
The Scottish decision is ridiculous, and they should have their qualifications marked as 2020 Covid results edition.
It is unfair on other students in Scotland and the UK.


What they should have done at the time are the exams, even if it meant delaying uni for a few months.
Now you have the situation where this years students are considered the most intelligent since exams began. So stupid and everyone knows that not to be true.
Yes it should happen here as well. Sure grade inflation is far from ideal, but the current system is (unintentionally) systematically classist and acts against social mobility. I come from a very underperforming school so I would certainly benefit if they changed this and so would a lot of perfectly capable people who are in the same situation as me.

Also, if Scotland has switched to using teacher predicted and England did not, then that would be hugely unfair as English students would be being disadvantaged compared to Scottish students and would cause a massive backlash. Plus, the fact that it has happened their sets the precedent for people to push for it to happen here. So, if its happened in Scotland it’s almost inevitable England will follow, and doing so (using predicteds) would be the right thing to do imo
there 'proffesional judjement' was 30-40% wrong.
also note that many teachers pay are dependant on there results, so in that sense they are a completely bias party

Original post by HolaNeinoa
In reality, none of this is fair. But come on, would you rather be given out a grade by a computer that will affect your life forever or your teacher who actually knows you and who uses their professional judgement.

The reason Ofqual gave for their decision to not allow a student appeal system was because they felt there wouldn't be any suitable person to be able to validate whether the teacher had got it wrong.

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