This has been an extraordinary year for people at all stages in our country. However, for students needing to secure the necessary grades to progress to the next stage of their education, to undertake their preferred course at their chosen college or university, this has undoubtedly been a very difficult time.
After all the anxiety that students have suffered, a process has been agreed and students will now receive their predicted grades. If a student’s calculated grade under Ofqual’s algorithm was higher, then they will receive that higher grade. Students who previously missed their offer and will now meet it on the basis of their predicted grade should get in contact with their university. Those who have accepted another offer will be able to release themselves if they have a preferred offer reinstated.
There has been no perfect solution available in this extraordinary school year that would replicate the outcome of independently set, moderated examinations. I, and colleagues on the Education Select Committee, will continue to scrutinise the long-term impact on young people of the decisions taken this year.
I hope now that young people across our constituency, and the rest of the country, will be able to look forward to the future and embarking upon their chosen course of study. I am delighted for all those young people who will now be able to pursue their ambitions and I wish them every success for the future.