250,000 anxious high school seniors use social media to prepare to get results today

Angry high school seniors and their parents compared Gavin Williamson to Frank Spencer amid the chaos over today's exam results.

Around 40 percent of today's grades were downgraded from teachers' original predictions after the government announced it would use an algorithm to calculate scores.

The move came after fears that teachers were bloating their students' grades, heralding possibly the highest A-level generation in history.

Now students across the country have turned to the government after several schools reported lower grades than forecast.

As Secretary of Education, Mr. Williamson has borne the brunt of the anger.

He has been compared to Frank Spencer, the clumsy, accident-prone star of iconic British sitcom Some Mothers Do & # 39; Ave & # 39; Em.

Previously, A-level students shared their outrage on social media after the Ucas website crashed while trying to see if they'd gotten into the university.

Students who checked in at 8:00 a.m. received a "Connection timed out" message when trying to verify that they were accepted into a course.

One tweeted: & # 39; Great, 8:01 am and Ucas has already crashed. Come on how did you not expect the traffic? & # 39; Another said: "As if Ucas crashed – what are they trying to do to us?"

The website appeared to be down for some more than half an hour as teenagers worried and shared their nerves online while waiting to find out their A-level results.

A Ucas spokesperson said this morning, "Be patient when you sign up for Ucas Track this morning. We're sorry it's a little slow. We're working on it."

Believed students wake up to their grades while last minute changes are made to appeals. Around every fourth contribution is expected to receive the top grade.

Around 250,000 high school leavers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are getting calculated grades to help them get into university, work or education after this summer's exams were canceled due to the pandemic.

But many are frightened because of the prospect of losing a place at their chosen university.

The government announced late Tuesday that students in England will have the "safety net" of being able to use bogus exam results as the basis for an appeal if they are higher than the calculated grade.

However, students in England are not allowed to update their exam results if they are published today.

The Minister of Education has excluded England to Scotland by accepting scores estimated by teachers.

Gavin Williamson said that using teachers' grades "would cause students to lose".

Teens shared their nerves on social media as they waited anxiously overnight to find out their A-level scores

Teens shared their nerves on social media as they waited anxiously overnight to find out their A-level results

The government announced late Tuesday that students in England will have the "safety net" of using bogus exam results as a basis for appeal

The government announced late Tuesday that students in England will have the "safety net" of using bogus exam results as the basis for an appeal


Students in England are not allowed to update their exam results if they are published today.

Education Minister Gavin Williamson has excluded England to Scotland by accepting scores estimated by teachers.

The government announced late Tuesday that A-Level and GCSE students could use the results in valid mock exams to appeal if they are dissatisfied with their results.

In The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Williamson wrote that if teachers' grades were used, students could lose grades.

He said, “We would have seen them skyrocket, which would devalue the results for the 2020 class and clearly not fair for the 2019 and 2021 classes.

"But worse, it would mean that the students would lose twice this year, both in their education and in their future prospects."

Mr Williamson had previously promised that the testing system would produce "credible, strong results" for the vast majority of young people, despite fears that many could achieve results that are lower than expected.

The Scottish Government confirmed Tuesday that any downgraded results can be withdrawn and replaced with the original estimates.

Protests followed by students across the country, angry that they had been wrongly punished by attending schools that have historically failed to perform well.

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was an "obvious injustice" that the exam system allowed young people to decide their future based on their zip code.

He said, “Students and parents are right to be concerned that years of hard work may soon be undone because a computer decided to record their child.

“For too long the Tories have viewed young people's needs as an afterthought, when their needs should be central.

"It is an evident injustice that thousands of hardworking young people are risking their zip code to decide their future."

Gavin Williamson ruled out further changes to the grading system in light of any exam issues.

He told Times Radio, “I realize that no matter how hard we try on this system to maximize fairness there will be some youngsters who did not get the grade they should possibly have.

"That's why we need a really robust system. That's why we have the triple lock."

Mr Williamson said this would provide "solid appeals" and allow students to take exams later in the year if necessary.

When asked if he was willing to change the system again under threat of legal action from his parents, Williamson replied, “We are not going to change this system again.

“We believe that – in terms of triple locking, in terms of the measures we have taken – we have put in place a system that is able to put our arm around the youngsters who have been given an unfair mark on she and can correct that. & # 39;

Students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds would have had a “high risk” of losing compared to their more middle-class counterparts if the exams had been delayed and not canceled, the Minister of Education said.

The Minister of Education was asked if he regretted not pressing for exams to be postponed until June.

He told Times Radio, “If we had been in a situation where we tried to postpone the exams – and that's what happened in Ireland – it became clear that children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds might not had the same A certain level of support and help could have been associated with a high risk of not showing up for these exams or of not receiving the same level of support as children with a more middle-class background in advance of these exams. "

Mr Williamson said there had been "very few examples" where delaying exams was a "feasible" way.

The Education Secretary was also asked why England's Examination Board Ofqual was unable to tell students on results day whether they would have an opportunity to appeal their grades after they announced they would cancel their press conference on Thursday.

Speaking to Sky News, Williamson said, "The reason Ofqual didn't get it down today is because it's obviously a decision that was made later in the process and that they are working to make sure information is shared with schools and colleges in the next few days. & # 39;

It came hours after the Scottish Minister of Education announced that moderated calculated grades would be scrapped after an outcry after more than 124,000 scores were downgraded.

School principals have asked ministers for clarity on how the appeal process will work in England and whether it will be completed in time for the universities to open this autumn.

Universities say they are "concerned" students who don't have time to earn a final grade before the semester starts – but it could be a good year for clearing

Some universities fear that students may not be given enough time to get a final grade before the fall semester begins.

The University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol said delays would create "uncertainties about final student numbers" which in turn could affect the schedule and internships.

Ministers have urged universities to be "flexible" and to consider a number of findings when choosing which youngsters to be admitted to their courses on the Thursday after the coronavirus.

However, the head of Ucas has suggested that it will be a "good year" for youngsters in the UK planning to attend university in the fall as institutions will compete for courses at a time of uncertainty.

A possible decline in foreign students under Covid-19 – along with a decline in 18-year-olds in the population – could help school leavers secure a place in the UK, has suggested Clare Marchant, chief executive of Ucas.

Professor Julia Buckingham, President of Universities UK (UUK) told the students that universities will be as flexible as possible and urged students to look at the courses offered in the clearing.

Clearing is increasingly becoming a popular way for students to find a degree program, with leading universities offering last minute spots through the system.

Analysis shows that as of Wednesday afternoon, 24,970 courses were available at 146 UK universities and colleges for applicants living in England.

Of the Russell Group's 24 universities, nearly three out of four (17 universities) have at least one course posted on the Clearing website, with 4,485 courses potentially available.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said teachers on Thursday are likely to face questions from "disgruntled" students about vocations that are difficult to answer due to the last minute announcement and lack of details about them how the process will work.

The Ucas deadline for applicants to meet their academic listing requirements ends on September 7th. The examination boards have less than four weeks to issue the results of appeals from schools and universities.

Rachel Hewitt, director of policy and advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), believes college admissions officials and Ucas will receive more calls from students than ever appealing after the last minute decision to allow English students to use bogus grades .

She said, “This change may well force more students to challenge their grades, and universities are considering how to manage their places between clearing grades and appeals.

"The reintroduction of the cap this year has made this even more difficult by restricting the places universities have to allocate."

Regarding the call changes, Mr. Barton said, “Young people will come in to get their grades – many of which we hope will delight, some of which will be disappointed.

"Some may be deeply upset and say, 'How does this work, miss? "and Miss won't be able to answer unless we hear about it fairly urgently.

“I think there will be a feeling from school principals that we are being enabled to stand on our backs.

"I think there will be very deep frustration in a day that is always emotionally charged, but with this announcement, that is probably more the case."

Last year, 25.5% of UK participants received an A or A * grade, the lowest percentage since 2007, according to statistics from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

The UK examining authority Ofqual previously said national scores this summer will likely be higher than previous years after a disruption.

Teachers were asked to hand in the grades they believed any student would have received if they took the papers after the exams were canceled.

Examination boards moderated these grades to ensure that this year's results are not significantly higher than in previous years.

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