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THINK GLOBAL PEOPLE EDUCATION


FROM DISASTER TO TRIUMPH:


STUDENTS SHINE THIS SUMMER


It’s been a chaotic summer exam season. But now as clarity emerges, how have international schools and colleges fared? And what next for 2021’s A Level, IB, IGCSE, GCSE and BTec cohort, asks Ruth Holmes.


T


he Covid-19 pandemic has taken away many of the small rituals we previously took for


granted. Among them the footage, photos and reality


of joyous


young adults receiving their IB, A Level, GCSE, IGCSE and BTec results, and the accompanying congratulations. In their place was outcry at an


algorithm deemed unfair, appeals then disappointment at missed university places and late results publication, before confusion


as government, Ofqual and IB policies changed. The fallout led to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, apologising for “significant inconsistencies” as initial grading adversely impacted pupils at schools in more deprived areas, then the resignation of Ofqual chief, Sally Collier. At the end of three weeks of uncertainty, IB, A Level, GCSE and IGCSE candidates were all promised the higher of their examination board or centre-assessed grade (CAG).


A BUMPER YEAR FOR STUDENT ATTAINMENT Irrespective of the fast-changing situation, congratulations are certainly in order around the world for the Class of 2020 as the results of schools following the IB, IGCSE, GCSE, A Level and BTec curricula show. While there are still some


students who feel their potential has been unfairly judged and appealing or sitting October exams, figures from the UK’s examinations watchdogs do show


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