Responding to the news that GCSE students will now receive their teacher predicted grades, and A Level students will receive the higher of their teacher predicted or CCEA awarded grades, NUS-USI President Ellen Fearon said:
“I welcome the decision today that students will now be able to receive their teacher predicated grades at both A-Level and GCSE. This will provide a huge relief to students who have faced months of uncertainty already. They should never have had to face the worry and stress that this situation has caused.
“This victory belongs to students who would not accept their futures being decided by an unjust algorithm. We’ve seen students mobilise and protest in NI, Scotland, Wales and England to force four U-turns from each respective government. I would encourage all students to reflect on this moment and realise the power that they have to change our education system for the better.
“Going forward, we want the government to use this as an opportunity to launch an investigation into standardised assessment and the inherent inequalities in the education system, which have been compounded by a decade of under-investment. There must also be a fair and easy-to-use appeals process for any student who is unhappy with their grade.
“I’m so proud of every single student who organised to reverse this system!”