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Stamford Endowed Schools and Catmose College pupils welcome news of teacher assessed grades for GCSE and A-Levels




Pupils have welcomed the news that they will be receiving teacher assessed grades for GCSE and A-Levels.

On Thursday last week (February 25), Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, announced pupils will receive grades determined by teachers and will only assessed on what they have been taught.

Teachers will be able to draw on a range of evidence, including the optional use of questions provided by exam boards, as well as mock exams, coursework, essays and in-class tests. No algorithm will be used.

Catmose College. Photo: Google
Catmose College. Photo: Google

Oliver Williams, Year 11 pupil at Catmose College, said: “I think it’s probably the right decision overall as there’s such a range of education that pupils are getting so it’s not realistic to compare and examine.

“Generally I think most people are pretty pleased they are being teacher assessed.

“The teachers generally have a very good grasp of what we are capable of.”

Oliver Williams, Year 11 pupil at Catmose College, with Baylie Mitchell
Oliver Williams, Year 11 pupil at Catmose College, with Baylie Mitchell

The news was also welcomed by Harry Laventure, a Year 13 pupil at Stamford Endowed Schools.

Harry, who lives in Ketton, said: “Personally I am very happy they’ve made that decision both for my own sake and for the sake of the country’s mental health.”

Teachers will submit grades to exam boards by June 18 to allow for as much teaching time before the final decision.

For pupils the wait between hearing exams would be cancelled and finding out how they would be assessed was nerve racking.

Oliver said: “I feel like the Government could have told us sooner how we were being assessed.

“We spent most lockdown unsure of what we are working towards in lessons but it was good to take into account the consultation. I’m happy they listened to pupils who gave feedback on how examinations would take place.”

Harry added: “The thing that’s been a real pain for our year is the uncertainty.

“To be left in this grey area was quite difficult as it removed the motivational aspect of what we were building towards but I think our teachers did a fantastic job at powering through and keeping us focused.”

Results days for GCSE and A-levels will take place in the week of August 9, moved forward from the week of the August 23, to provide additional time for appeals.

A potential issue regarding the grading system is blame being put on teachers if pupils get a grade lower than expected.

However, Harry described doing so as an ‘easy way out’ and he hopes pupils won’t do
this.

Harry, who plans to study classics at university, said: “We have all been trying to maintain that motivation so to put something like lower grades on a teacher who doesn’t necessarily ‘like them’ isn’t fair.

“All teachers are translating the work throughout the last two years into a
grade.

“With exams you don’t point a finger at the paper when you get a poor grade, likely it’s a lack of revision.”



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