Dear Mark Drakeford,
In the words of UK Labour Leader, Keir Starmer, “across the last twenty-four hours, we have heard heart-breaking stories and the scale of the injustice caused by the fatally flawed results system has become clear. Young people right across the country, in every town and city, feel let down and betrayed.”
His views have been echoed by the interim leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey who said that the system has led to “some utterly unfair outcomes.”
Both were referencing the downgrading of results in England where 40% of A level results were lower than predicted.
In Wales, 42% of results were downgraded, leaving pupils angry that they have suffered at the hands of a flawed system.
If the criticism from your parties in England is to mean anything other than political game-playing, you and the Education Minister must now reassess your approach as a Welsh Government to ensure that no pupil is disadvantaged in what has already been an anxious year.
Pupils who were awarded lesser grades than the teacher assessments in A level and AS exams should be upgraded to the teacher assessment grades.
Further, this should be used as the mechanism for awarding GSCE results and this should be communicated to learners today for peace of mind.
In these extraordinary times, we must be ready to respond with unprecedented action in the interest of fairness and pupil welfare.
I am copying this to the Education Minister and to your UK Party leaders who have made these comments.