Monday 17 August 2020 / 12:49 PM Education / Kate Green

Labour calls for the Government to use centre assessed grades for GCSEs and A-levels to end exams fiasco

Labour has today demanded the Government allow pupils to use their Centre Assessed Grades (“CAGs”), the grades that were predicted for them by their teachers, for GCSE and A-level results in England this year, to bring the exams fiasco to an end.

The call comes ahead of a Government announcement that is expected to be made later today.

With only days to go until schools receive GCSE results for hundreds of thousands of young people, and concerns being repeatedly raised by school leaders and Conservative MPs, the Government have still not announced a plan to ensure that the A-levels fiasco is not repeated.

Labour first called for the Government to use CAGs for A-levels once the chaos surrounding results became clear last Thursday. Days later, the Government have still not given any indication to young people that they will change their approach.

The process was plunged into further chaos over the weekend, as Ofqual published new guidance on appealing A-level grades, only to remove it a matter of hours later.

School leaders have warned that relying on a complex and bureaucratic appeals system to address problems in the system could interfere with the full reopening of schools in September. Labour have said that allowing young people to use their predicted will avoid this outcome, and ensure pupils are safely back in school in September.


Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting, said:

“The injustice and chaos surrounding A-level and GCSE results must come to an end.

“We gave the Government days, not weeks, to end the crisis but they have still failed to take action.

“Enough is enough. The Government have failed young people and their families on A Levels and are threatening to do the same with GCSEs. The Government must now allow young people to use the grades their teachers predicted at both A-level and GCSE.”