A Level algorithm warned will entrench regional disparities and widen North-South divide

The Independent and the Halifax Courier report that the north-south divide could be exacerbated by the controversial changes to A-level grading, after it emerged pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds had been disproportionately hit by grade reductions following results day last week

The largest fall in the proportion of students awarded A-level grades of C and above after moderation on Thursday was recorded within those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The difference has led to teachers and political figures calling for a review of the system, after nearly 40 percent of pupils’ estimated A-level grades were brought down by exam boards.

Critics have noted that the number of A and A* grades were already weighted heavily towards London when compared with any of the northern regions, but that the gap had widened this year.

Full articles:

The Independent - A-level ‘chaos’ risks widening north-south divide, regional leaders warn

Halifax Courier - A Level algorithm will entrench regional disparities and widen North-South divide, it is claimed


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