Solihull School's head speaks of 'delight' over exam results U-turn - The Solihull Observer

Solihull School's head speaks of 'delight' over exam results U-turn

Solihull Editorial 18th Aug, 2020 Updated: 18th Aug, 2020   0

A SOLIHULL headteacher has welcomed the government’s major u-turn over exam grades.

The government yesterday (August 17) announced a switch in exam grading from ‘standardised results’ to teacher grading.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has insisted over the weekend there would be no change in a system which had downgraded nearly 40 per cent of marks from teacher assessments.

Pupils at Solihull School, an independent co-educational school, saw the school’s average grades drop by a tenth compared to previous years.

Headmaster Mr Lloyd, who on results day had spoken of his ‘considerable disappointment’ for pupils, believes the u-turn is the right call.

“We are delighted that the Government has finally seen sense and reestablished trust in the teaching profession. Accusations that schools have abused the system are ill founded and insulting, and leaving our pupils and their families in such an awful position for five days is inexcusable. The damage to wellbeing and the added burden placed on schools and universities were wholly unnecessary.

“The Government simply failed to listen soon enough to those of us managing the fallout of poor and inflexible decision making at the highest level. I now sincerely hope that universities have the capacity to revisit offers and admit pupils deserving of their places, this academic year.”

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