Cooper wel­comes exam score u-turn

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ROSIE Cooper MP wel­comed the Gov­ern­ment’s u-turn on A-Level grades and branded the orig­i­nal sys­tem ‘sham­bolic’.

Days af­ter 40,000 stu­dents had their pre­dicted re­sults re­duced and many missed out on univer­sity places as a re­sult, ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary Gavin Wil­liamson gave into pres­sure and an­nounced that teacher as­sessed grades would be awarded in­stead.

The change came too late for many who had al­ready seen their univer­sity places filled up and af­ter days of de­lays and protests across the coun­try.

West Lan­cashire MP Ms Cooper said she had been in­un­dated with con­cerns from con­stituents about the “sham­bolic sys­tem” which pe­nalised those from de­prived ar­eas and favoured those in pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion.

She said: “I have raised my con­cerns and those of my con­stituents di­rectly with the ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary and am pleased that the Gov­ern­ment has now u-turned on this im­por­tant is­sue.

“My con­cern now is that those who lost out on univer­sity places dur­ing ad­mis­sions are not now dis­ad­van­taged and that

Gov­ern­ment take what­ever ac­tion nec­es­sary to en­sure this sit­u­a­tion is re­solved.’’

The MP added: “Keir Starmer (Labour party leader) has called for an ur­gent tech­ni­cal re­view of the stan­dard­i­s­a­tion model ahead of GCSE re­sults this week.

‘‘I fully sup­port calls for a re­turn to teacher as­sess­ment grades that were sub­mit­ted.”

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