This is a victory for all the young people who have been marching, demonstrating & lobbying MPs backed up by so many parents, teachers & headteachers.
Thanks to all who’ve shown solidarity & support. #ALevelsResults…
Following two major u-turns, there must now be full assurances from the Gov’t that decisions impacting young people will not be made retrospectively and provide much more advance notice of whether this system will continue for next year’s results.
Clarity is also needed for the thousands of BTEC students whom are not included in this latest apology and announcement. The Gov’t must ensure their decision is the same all over and does not further stigma experienced by BTEC students and leave them behind.
This issue is also far from over.
There does still need to be clarity on appeal processes, how such a process will account for the experiences of discrimination by disadvantaged groups, also how the Gov’t themselves will ensure teacher assessments & school bodies are accountable.

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The Tory majority on the committee meant amendments tabled were hardly going to pass.

As a Committee member, I voted to not endorse the final report of the inquiry.

The purpose of inquiry was to explore why white working class pupils have lowest educational outcomes & recommend measures accordingly.

From evidence it’s unclear how the explanations are specific to the *white* working class to then have appropriate measures recommended.

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The same background of many staff members being made redundant today without time to serve notice.

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