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Committee holds session on cancelled exams and the calculated grades system

5 June 2020

The Education Committee hears from the National Education Union and policy experts, before questioning Ofqual and the Federation of Awarding Bodies on the impact of exam cancellations and the fairness of the calculated grades system.

Witnesses

Wednesday 10 June  - virtual session

At 9.30am

  • Dr Zubaida Haque, Interim Director, Runnymede Trust
  • Professor Lee Elliot Major, Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter
  • Kevin Courtney, joint General Secretary, National Education Union (NEU)

At 10.30am

  • Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual
  • Dr Michelle Meadows, Deputy Chief Regulator and Executive Director for Strategy Risk and Research, Ofqual
  • Tom Bewick, Chief Executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)

Purpose of the session

The session is part of the ongoing inquiry into the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on education and children's services and is likely to consider whether the calculated grade system may disadvantage groups such as disadvantaged pupils and BAME pupils. The Committee will also ask questions about the grading of vocational and technical qualifications, and ask Ofqual questions about its standardisation model and its equalities impact assessment.

Cancellations affect the majority of exams due to have been taken in summer 2020; this includes GCSEs and A-levels, as well as BTECs, vocational and technical qualifications.

Further information

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