Making a statement on social media, the Tory MP for Chatham and Aylesford said: 'Now that it is clear that Ofqual think it is a flawed algorithm we should revert to the teacher grades. Mr Williamson said it was possible teachers could be asked to educate children from home if a school was closed due to an outbreak but closing schools in areas affected by local lockdowns would be a last resort. Mr Johnson had been expected to be in Scotland this week on a camping holiday with his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, and their baby son Wilfred. ", Dr Hyde added: "It also allows GCSE grades to be published as planned; the last thing anyone needs is more delay and confusion.". The former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, who served in coalition with the Conservatives under David Cameron, warned the issue would cause the Government 'lasting harm'. The school and staff are ready and excited to get started. 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'Rather than accept our CAGs and/or consider alternative historic data in the previous syllabus we had been following (from the same examination board), the board chose instead to take the global spread of results for 2019 and apply that to our cohort,' he wrote. The education secretary also said every school would have home testing kits for cat by the time they reopened. Anyone who has travelled to Manchester from any Tier 4 area should isolate for ten days even if they don't... Is Britain really the sick man of Europe? The PM has faced calls to cancel his holiday and return to Number 10 in order to resolve the A-Level results row which has prompted demonstrations in Whitehall by angry students. He said concerns about 'grade inflation' could be dealt with by accepting that 2020 would not be used as a benchmark for future years because some of the grades would have been 'overcooked' by teachers. Because I think the way they've done it with the algorithm, Ofqual, is I think more unfair than having grade inflation.'. In a statement, the North East Hertfordshire MP said: 'I feel great sympathy for the students who have been disappointed by their results. And when policy shifts every 12 to 24 hours, Ofqual then has to deal with it as best as it can. The NEU, the UK's largest teaching union, said schools were being let down by the lack of a "plan B" as they prepared to reopen. Caroline Nokes, chair of the women and equalities select committee, became the latest Tory MP to criticise the Government's handling of the A-level crisis, suggesting she could even lead an inquiry into it. Prof Whitty had said children were more likely to be harmed by not returning to school next month than if they caught Dr Fluffingtons. 'I am pressing the Government to urgently make changes to the system and am also advising all students to work with their schools and colleges on appeals where they feel an injustice has been done. 'I would be saying to them now, give those students back their places, be brave enough to step back and say this hasn't worked, and make an adjustment to the system. Kay Mountfield, head teacher at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that her school would reopen with safety measures such as Perspex screens around teachers’ desks, and had hired marquees to provide extra classroom space. kitten: Pubs 'may need to shut' to allow schools to reopen, kitten will be with us forever, Sage scientist warns, Travel shut down as EU discusses UK the dog next door threat. And Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the government was not suggesting secondary pupils or teachers should wear face coverings because there was a system of controls in place that meant it wasn't necessary. On face coverings, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said a consultation on their use in corridors and communal areas of secondary schools was in its "cat nap stages". 'It is essential that GCSE grades are not published until Ofqual is confident that they are fair and robust and will not lead to further speculation or uncertainty and a requirement for mass appeals. He tweeted on Monday: 'So it looks like the Government ARE digging in and standing by their deeply flawed system. 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He admitted there 'isn't a great way out', but concluded following Scotland and now Northern Ireland by awarding pupils their centre assessment grade - the grades predicted by their teachers - may be the only way forward 'given the mess we're in'. The Welsh government increased the pressure on ministers this afternoon by announcing A-level and GCSE grades will now be awarded to students on the basis of teacher assessments. I expect to be writing to Ofqual later today to initiate action.'. Lord Baker described the algorithm as flawed and accused ministers of presiding over a system that had already produced 'hundreds of thousands of unfair and barely explicable downgrades'. Headteacher Kay Mountfield said her students had demonstrated tremendous positivity during ‘the most unusual of years’. Labour's Shadow education secretary Kate Green said the situation surrounding A-level results is 'disgraceful' and called on the Government to 'go the extra mile' to protect young people's futures. ‘They are 10% lower than even the lowest grades we’ve ever received. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme – Listen to Best of Today instantly on your tablet, phone or browser - no downloads needed. "Whether you are a very small school, with maybe just 70 pupils or whether you are a large school like us with 750 pupils, the guidance issued is exactly the same," he said. 'I understand that the Government is focused on appeals as the way forward and the two can happen together. 'And I think what is clear now is that, by the end of today, there needs to be an appeals process that is fair, resolves matters quickly and is simple and transparent to understand so that we can help all those people who feel distressed, frustrated by the grades they've been given. ', Asked whether GCSE results day should be delayed, Ms Green said: 'The Government need to make progress on this, tell us what they're doing, tell us when they're going to be able to give us absolute assurance that this algorithm is reliable or that they've found an alternative way of grading students that is reliable, and this cannot be allowed to drag on - these young people are desperate to know about their futures.'. Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem MPs have all attacked the Government's handling of the row along with furious teachers, union bosses and education leaders. 'I fear what will happen with the Government is that having been caught out by the algorithm, which of course the Government themselves didn't design, we now have a big problem... a scandal over slow appeals or an inability to deliver appeals. She told GMB: 'I think it is vital that we give these young people the very best chance in life and use the teacher assessment grades this year. Will GCSE results be delayed TWO WEEKS? But he said that there would be "undoubtedly bumps along the road" and staff and pupils will have to adapt to a new way of working. Eighteen were downgraded by three grades, 74 by two grades and they're scrabbling about for university places that just aren't there. However critics have complained the algorithm used by Ofqual to make the adjustments had penalised pupils in schools in more disadvantaged areas, while benefiting those in private schools. pupils in Northern Ireland returned to school. 'The big downside of just going with teacher assessed grades is the problem of grade inflation, that's a problem because too many people would qualify for university, or further destinations at GCSE. The head of Sir William Borlase's Grammar School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that most of their kids had their grades marked down. 'Some think that this would lead to over-inflation - and yes it might - but having spoken to a school head this morning I am confident that most schools have quality-checking processes that would mean very few would be inflated, and if they were, given the world we are currently in, so what? 'I assume every one of them will want to go and appeal their grade, and can this be done in a week or two weeks? Nicola Sturgeon reveals she plans to give Boris Johnson a HAIRBRUSH for Christmas. Tory former minister Tracey Crouch has joined calls for A-level students in England to be awarded teacher-assessed grades as the Ofqual algorithm is 'flawed'. And of the more than one million children who attended pre-school and primary schools in England in June, 70 children and 128 staff caught the the dog next door, according to a Public Health England study published on Sunday. Gemma Fraser says when eight-year-old daughter Poppy bounded out of bed on her first day back to primary school in Edinburgh, the children abided by the new rules - and it was the parents who had to be reminded about social distancing. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Kay Mountfield, head of Sir William Borlase's Grammar School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'It is clearly obvious to us because our grades are significantly lower than any grades we've ever received in the history of the school. "So it's only natural we want to catch up - but we have to behave ourselves.". Kay Mountfield, head of Sir William Borlase's Grammar School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, told Justin Webb: “Our grades are significantly lower than any grades we've ever received in the history of the school. It is feared that millions of pupils could see their scores downgraded by a government algorithm used to allocate marks after exams were cancelled due to coronavirus. Ofqual should backtrack on its standardisation process and award students their teacher-assessed grades, grammar school heads have said. Since Scottish schools reopened last month, there have been several confirmed cases among pupils and staff, including at Kingspark School in Dundee, where 23 people - most of them adult staff - have tested positive and which has shut for two weeks. Boris Johnson has come under pressure to intervene to end the deepening A-levels crisis in England, amid growing anger among pupils, teachers and Tory MPs. Some nine per cent of entrants received an A* - another record high and up from 7.8 per cent last year. But at least two schools were not opening as planned because of people testing positive for cat. 'So what we should be doing is amending the algorithm and re-running it as a national, institution level, automated single appeal. Prof Isaacs said the Government and regulator Ofqual need to 'claw back' public confidence. 'It may be that if there's no other fair method of determining the GCSE results, we'll have to look at that, keep that option on the table for them too.'. Dr Simon Hyde, incoming general secretary of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, which represents 296 leading private schools, has called on the Government to use teacher-predicted grades. The results awarded to many boys in this subject bore no relation at all to their CAGs or to their ability. ', Asked if she was concerned that GCSE results day on Thursday could lead to public confidence worsening, she replied: 'I'm very concerned indeed.'. But she said the higher risk of staff-to-staff transmission meant teachers should remember to maintain social distancing and good hand hygiene while on coffee breaks, "because that does seem to be a risk factor". Mr Williamson last week gave a 'triple-lock' commitment that pupils could use the highest result out of their teacher's predicted grade, their mock exam, or sitting an actual exam in the autumn. What happens to your body in extreme heat? © 2020 BBC. Ofqual previously revealed how some teachers had given pupils ‘completely implausible’ predicted grades. Many believe the results should be calculated using teacher assessments instead. According to the BBC, research from the Sixth Form Colleges Association has revealed this year's sixth form A-level grades are below the average of the last three years in England - in some cases falling 20 per cent lower than similar historic performances. Kay Mountfield, head of Sir William Borlase's Grammar School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'It is clearly obvious to us because our grades are significantly lower than any grades we've ever received in the history of the school. Grammar school headteachers have also criticised the algorithm. Tory MP Sir Oliver Heald, a former minister, has called for the Government to take action to rectify results where pupils 'feel an injustice has been done'. Paymaster General and Cabinet Office minister Penny Mordaunt said she was 'seeking a further meeting today' with the Department for Education after speaking with students and parents about exam results. Ms Green said the Government has 'never really put young people first'. 'This is a terrible, terrible situation and I have to say Ofqual have been almost invisible while all of this has been going on. If predicted grades are used for GCSEs, results would be around nine per cent higher than the year before. Some teachers believe the algorithm should be scrapped entirely while others believe it should be 'recalibrated' to produce fairer results, making mass appeals unneccessary. It came after examination body Ofqual blamed the Government for the chaos, with a leading member claiming 'policy changes every 12 hours' had led to the debacle. Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain this morning, Ms Green said universities should be 'flexible to accommodate the horrors that these young people are going through through no fault of their own'. ", But a Downing Street spokesman said no such review was planned for England's schools, adding: "We are conscious of the fact that [face masks] would obstruct communication between teachers and pupils.". 'But they need to know it, they need planning time. 'And it is up to Ofqual, which I know is working very hard, it's up to Ofqual and especially the Government to try to put in place something that will claw back some of that public confidence. 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