Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being urged to delay the publication of GCSE results, until the A-level results crisis is resolved. Several senior Conservative MP’s are believe to have directly contacted the Prime Minister to state their concern over the backlash they may face if GCSE results are published this week.
The same algorithm that was used to determine last Thursday’s A-level results is being used in this weeks GCSE results, creating concern that millions of students may see a downgrade in their results.
Former Conservative education secretary Lord Baker, who introduced the GCSE system in the late 1980s, said that GCSE results should be delayed for two weeks, due to the algorithm.
“The A-level results have produced hundreds of thousands of unfair and barely explicable downgrades,” he said in a statement.
“They have helped smaller private schools but hit the brighter students in a poorly performing state school. It is not surprising that various parties are considering legal actions.
“If you are in a hole, stop digging.”
In a statement late on Sunday, a DfE spokesman said: “Hundreds of thousands of students have received a calculated grade that will enable them to progress to the next stage of their education or into work.”