ASCL responds to Education Select Committee findings on grading fiasco

11/11/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the letter setting out the Education Select Committee’s findings over what went wrong with the awarding of GCSE and A-level grades this summer.
 
Responding to the letter setting out the Education Select Committee’s findings over what went wrong with the awarding of GCSE and A-level grades this summer, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“The Education Select Committee’s fire is directed chiefly at Ofqual, but it appears to have struggled to pin down the role of the Department for Education in the grading debacle that took place this summer.
 
“It is completely unacceptable that the government has apparently thus far failed to supply relevant papers and the minutes of meetings requested by the committee.
 
“We seem to be no nearer understanding what steps ministers took to ask the right questions at the right times to assure themselves on behalf of the public that the system for awarding grades would work and wouldn’t fall apart in the way that it did.
 
“We called for the government to commission an independent review of the grading fiasco immediately after it had happened to establish exactly what went wrong and to learn the lessons for next year’s exams.
 
“However, the government has refused to take this action despite the clear and overwhelming public interest in doing so.
 
“This is a completely unsatisfactory situation for students, parents, schools, and colleges. They all deserve proper answers.
 
“They also urgently require clarity over exactly what the government and Ofqual’s plans are for next summer’s exams.”