Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Ofqual apologises for distress caused from qualifications

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Ofqual apologises for distress caused from qualifications

Chair of Ofqual, Roger Taylor has published a written statement to the Education Select Committee concerning GCSE, AS, A level, extended project and advanced extension award qualifications for 2020. Taylor apologised on behalf of Ofqual for the impact its method of managing school qualifications had on students, teachers, parents and education providers, following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In the statement, Taylor details the process Ofqual undertook to decide its method of managing qualifications and acknowledges that Ofqual accepts its share of responsibility for the issues it caused. On reflection, Taylor believes there are lessons to be learnt from the process undertaken such as the fact that any awarding process which does not offer individuals the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a test will not gain public confidence and that a ‘better’ algorithm would not have made the outcomes more acceptable.

Source: Written statement from Chair of Ofqual to the Education Select Committee

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