Pupils may find it easier to get top grades in 2021 exams, minister suggests

Pupils may find it easier to get top grades in 2021 exams, minister suggests

Pupils may find it easier to get top A-levels and GCSEs next summer as a minister said that “grading” could be used to make up for the lost classroom time during lockdown.

Nick Gibb, the schools minister, suggested that grade boundaries could be moved to ensure that pupils taking their exams in 2021 are treated fairly.

During an education select committee hearing, he was asked how the Department for Education will ensure that the Government will ensure that students will not fare worse in their exams as a result of missing so much of the course.

“There are two issues. One is across the issue across the country as a whole, the lost education that all students will have suffered as a consequence of schools being  closed to most students from March until summer,” Mr Gibb said.

He told MPs that this “will be dealt with through issues such as grading” adding that that Ofqual and the exam boards are currently “working through” this.

In a normal year, the exam regulator uses a statistical method called “comparable outcomes” to ensure that roughly the same proportion of students achieve similar grades to previous years.