A-level and GCSE students in Wales to be given predicted grades

A-level and GCSE grades will now be awarded to students in Wales on the basis of teacher assessments, the Welsh Government has said.

There had been widespread anger at results being decided by an algorithm that based them on factors including previous performance by the school.

Welsh parliament Education Minister Kirsty Williams confirmed A-level, AS, GCSE, Skills Challenge Certificate and Welsh Baccalaureate grades in Wales will now be awarded on the basis of Centre Assessment Grades.

Ms Williams said: ‘Working with Qualifications Wales and WJEC we have sought an approach which provides fairness and balances out differences in the standards applied to judgments in schools.

‘Given decisions elsewhere, the balance of fairness now lies with awarding Centre Assessment grades to students, despite the strengths of the system in Wales.

‘I am taking this decision now ahead of results being released this week, so that there is time for the necessary work to take place.


‘For grades issued last week, I have decided that all awards in Wales, will also be made on the basis of teacher assessment.

‘For those young people, for whom our system produced higher grades than those predicted by teachers, the higher grades will stand.’

The English government is now facing pressure to also U-turn, following decisions to use predicted grades for Highers in Scotland, and GCSEs in Northern Ireland.

An announcement about A exam results is expected in England later this afternoon.

Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said: ‘Boris Johnson must now follow the lead of the Welsh Government which has acted to ensure young people in Wales get the qualifications they deserve.

‘The PM must get a grip on the situation in England now, and end the historic injustice that he is imposing on young people across the country.’

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