ASCL welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this consultation.
ASCL believes that the present admissions system has failures that need to be addressed. These include the misuse of unconditional offers (particularly ‘conditional unconditional’ offers), the lack of transparency around actual university entry grades (as opposed to offers), the unintended bias that can arise with predicted grades, and the inaccuracy of predicted grades. Often these issues result in the most disadvantaged students being most affected.
If the issues above were addressed, then there would be much less need to reform the admissions system. However, we are not convinced that this will happen. Given this, we are in favour of a more radical form of the system.
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