Open letter to FM and Education Minister

Open letter to FM and Education Minister

Open letter to FM and Minister for Education

We appeal to you to rethink this year’s exam results.

Due to covid19, this year has not been a normal year for anyone. It has been especially hard on children and young people. The problems with the algorithms determining their results has made their futures even more uncertain and added to anxieties.

We call on your government to accept that and to make adjustments to ensure that this cohort of pupils get the compassion and understanding they deserve. If that means that this year’s results are a statistical blip, then so be it.

It is not only wrong but it goes against your own government’s Future Generations & Well-being legislation (2015) which sets out to create “a more equal Wales - a society that enables people to fulfil their true potential no matter what their background or experience”, as schools in the most deprived areas appear to have seen greater grade deflation (as compared with the centre assessed grades) than those schools with catchments covering more affluent postcode. We will not accept that working class students from the Rhondda should experience such blatant discrimination from an education system that should be helping them to tackle those class barriers.

It is clear that across the UK the algorithms determining these results cannot be trusted. We can trust the teachers and the integrity of the process for arriving at the centre assessed grades. In Scotland this was recognised and rectified swiftly.

We therefore demand that those students who have seen their grades drop should have them immediately reverted back to the centre assessed grades.

Welsh students are losing out on university places now, so we urge you to act without delay. 

 

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  • Wendy Allsop
    signed 2020-09-06 20:00:22 +0100
  • Michael Hughes
    signed 2020-08-20 03:35:57 +0100
  • L Buck
    signed 2020-08-18 19:39:51 +0100
    Wales must stop taking its lead from Westminster…
  • Tony Page
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  • Jean Perry
    signed 2020-08-18 03:35:46 +0100
  • Ruth Busisa
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  • emma
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    Sign the petition: Open letter to FM and Education Minister https://www.leannerhondda.wales/signopenletter?recruiter_id=35792
  • Emma Thompson
    signed 2020-08-17 16:17:44 +0100
  • Rhys Griffiths
    signed 2020-08-17 15:37:10 +0100
  • Hardeep Kaur
    signed 2020-08-17 15:31:41 +0100
  • Bethan Pristavec
    signed 2020-08-17 15:13:38 +0100
  • Emma Williams
    signed 2020-08-17 14:41:16 +0100
  • Aingie Cripps Melody
    signed 2020-08-17 14:38:44 +0100
  • Joanne Brock
    signed 2020-08-17 14:27:21 +0100
  • Gill Griffin
    signed 2020-08-17 14:26:13 +0100
  • Emma Jones
    signed 2020-08-17 14:23:44 +0100
  • Dilys Lee
    signed 2020-08-17 14:20:33 +0100
  • Linsey Phillips
    signed 2020-08-17 14:20:31 +0100
  • Catherine Owen
    signed 2020-08-17 14:19:53 +0100
  • Gerald Rose
    signed 2020-08-17 14:14:01 +0100
    Born Welsh, I wish to see a fairer way of determining grades in this current pandemic. Too many children have been downgraded because of living in what may be described as a poor area. That is disingenuous and typical of Tory thinking.
  • Nikki Sweet
    signed 2020-08-17 13:55:05 +0100
  • Ann Senior
    signed 2020-08-17 13:47:24 +0100
    As a retired teacher, I know teachers can predict grades pretty accurately.
  • Marilyn Toner
    signed 2020-08-17 13:43:55 +0100
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    signed 2020-08-17 13:42:49 +0100
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