GCSEs 2021: I back teachers on grades, says Williamson

Education secretary rejects speculation that teacher-assessed grades will not be an accurate reflection of abilities

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GCSEs and A levels 2021: I back teachers on grades, says Gavin Williamson

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has said he “completely” rejects speculation that grades this year will not be an accurate reflection of students’ abilities.

“I know many of you will have been working so hard to ensure students get the grades that they deserve this year," he said at the Festival of Education UK.

“But, like all of you, I’m aware of some speculation suggesting that grades this year will not be an accurate reflection of students’ abilities.


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“I want you to know that I completely reject these views. I back teachers. They know their students’ capabilities and the quality of work they’re able to produce.

GCSEs and A levels 2021: Students 'will get the grade they deserve'

“With thorough guidance and a robust quality-assurance process, I know teachers have been doing their utmost to ensure that every student gets the grade that they deserve.

“Many of you will be keen to know about next year’s exams. I can confirm that it’s our intention that exams and other formal assessments go ahead next year – the GCSEs, A levels and vocational and technical qualifications.

“We’re working with Ofqual and others to consider what we need to do to make sure grades are fair, even if there is further disruption ahead.”

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