South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed record numbers of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds being accepted into university, following today’s A-Level results.
The grades students receive today (Thursday) are based on the judgement of their school or college and will have been moderated by exam boards to make sure the same standard is applied to all students.
In the absence of exams, the government has introduced a ‘triple lock’ to give students an added safety net for measuring their attainment level. Students will be able to accept their calculated grade, appeal on the basis of a valid mock result or sit an exam in the autumn.
Mr Dunne said:
“This has been an incredibly testing year for young people, and I commend the way in which students, parents and teachers have worked to develop their education during lockdown.
It is very welcome that a record number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have been accepted onto university courses, giving more people the opportunity to reach their potential.
I sincerely hope South Shropshire students have reached their desired grades, but if not, I urge them to make use of the ‘triple lock’ used to assess their attainment level this year in the absence of exam results, or to speak to Universities who are ready and willing to talk through options.
There is no replacement for exams, but I hope this ‘triple lock’ will help lend confidence in these results and ensure fairness for all young people so that they can progress to the next stage of their lives.”