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Results Day 2020 coverage

18 August 2020

IOE academics have responded to the uncertainty surrounding the grading of A-level, GCSE and BTEC results and its impact on students and the higher education sector.

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Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities - Professor Lindsey Macmillan, Dr Gill Wyness and Dr Jake Anders.

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Listen: LBC - Steve Allen Show (from 01:01:02), LBC - Andrew Castles Show, BBC Radio 4 - Six O'Clock News (from 04:38), BBC Radio 4 - World at One (from 30:24)

Read: The GuardianThe SunTES (£)Press AssociationThe IndependentDaily MailDaily ExpressTHE (£)Huffington PostMSN NewsThe Sun (2)Huffington Post (2)Daily Mail (2), ITV (2), TES (2, £), The Telegraph (£)


A member of Ofqual's Standards Advisory Group, Honorary Associate Professor Tina Isaacs explains Ofqual's role in determining results for A-level and GCSE students.

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Dr Amelia Roberts and Dr Mary Richardson comment on the government's U-turn on algorithimically-driven grades.

Listen:  BBC Radio Wales (from 01:19:00), BBC Three Counties Radio - Breakfast (from 01:05:40)BBC Radio Lancashire - Breakfast (from 01:11:50)BBC Radio Kent - Breakfast (from 01:17:15)BBC Radio Cumbria - Breakfast (from 01:26:09)BBC Radio Newcastle - Breakfast (from 01:43:36)BBC Radio Leicester - Breakfast (from 02:14:14)BBC Radio Devon - Breakfast (from 02:25:56)BBC Radio Shropshire - Breakfast (from 02:38:18)BBC Radio Cambridgeshire - Breakfast (from 02:48:38)BBC Radio Leeds - Breakfast (from 02:05:15)BBC Radio Jersey - Breakfast (from 02:33:27)LBC - Eddie Mair Show (17 August 2020, from 01:01:56)


A co-founder of the Institute for Ethical Artificial Intelligence in Education, Professor Rose Luckin co-signs a letter expressing ethical concerns over the algorithm employed to determine A-level and GCSE grades.

Read: The Guardian (Letters)


Paul Grainger from the Centre for Post-14 Education and Work writes about where the responsibility lies for the creation of the algorithm.

Read: FE News (Opinion)


Dr Amelia Roberts on GCSE results and the delay of the release of BTEC results. 

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Listen: BBC Radio 5 Live - Breakfast (from 5:30)BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester - Breakfast (from 02:42:25)BBC Radio Jersey - Breakfast (from 02:47:24)BBC Radio Berkshire - Breakfast (from 03:19:50)

Dr Mary Richardson also reacts to the release of GCSE results and BTEC result delays, and how it has affected trust in educational assessment.

Read: The Conversation, Metro

Listen:  BBC Radio Three Counties - Afternoons (from 02:04:00)BBC Radio WM - Afternoons (from 02:10:50)BBC Radio Derby - Afternoons (from 02:17:35)BBC Radio Shropshire - Afternoons (from 02:23:25)BBC Radio Cornwall - Afternoons (from 02:31:35)BBC Radio Berkshire - Afternoons (from 02:41:41)BBC Radio Wiltshire - Afternoons (from 02:50:57)BBC Radio Solent - Afternoons (from 02:54:17)BBC Radio Humberside - Afternoons (from 03:09:17)BBC Radio Cambridgeshire - Afternoons (from 03:16:15)BBC Radio Lancashire - Afternoons (from 03:26:31)