The Brighton & Hove Labour Group congratulate students across the city for their hard work in such difficult circumstances, which has seen A-level pass rates slightly increase this year. We also express our appreciation for diligent school and college teachers and essential support staff.
After students have had their schooling disrupted with a global pandemic and the stress of lockdown, they should be incredibly proud of their efforts.
However, schools have expressed concern about the national moderation process which has seen teacher-assessed grades being dropped by one or even more grades in places.
Across the country, nearly 40% of A-level grades have been marked down. The figures also reveal that inequality has been baked into the system, as students from disadvantaged backgrounds have been disproportionately affected by downgrades – whilst students from independent and private schools have seen top grades disproportionately rise.
Pupils, parents and teachers all around the country and here in Brighton & Hove are rightly angry at what is clearly an injustice.
Labour Opposition Spokesperson for Children, Young People & Skills, Councillor John Allcock said:
“On behalf of the Labour Party, I want to congratulate students across Brighton & Hove who have worked so hard and in such unprecedented circumstances to complete their A-levels.
“I also share the frustration of those who have been unjustly downgraded. Something has gone very wrong with the moderation process, and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds appear to have been disproportionately targeted for downgrades.
“This is unacceptable. I will personally be writing to government on behalf of our students and asking for answers. We cannot let this Conservative Government rob our young people of their futures.”