A-level grades are expected to plummet

Labour MPs have criticised the government’s education policies for causing A-level grades to plummet.-.

The release of the national results is expected to occur later today. This is due to the ending of teacher-based assessments that were put in place to assist pupils during the covid pandemic.

Last year, 44.8% of grades were either A or A* at A-level, and the calculation is that this will fall to 35% (up from 25.5% in 2019).

Almost one in five grades were A* last year. This percentage is expected to fall to 13.5% in 2019. Similarly, the number of A* to C grades are expected to go down from 88.5% in 2021 to 82%.


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4 education secretaries were employed this year.

The plan for this year’s A levels was first put in place by Gavin Williamson, who was blamed for the government’s chaotic approach to education during the pandemic.

James Cleverly, who may be appointed to a new role in September when a new prime minster takes office, is overseeing the plan.

Labour has accused the Conservative government of a “miserable failure to help children recover from the pandemic” and of failing to put in place enough extra measures for this year’s exams. It called the government’s handling of A-Level grades “chaotic”.

Shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson took to Twitter to say “labour’s plans would support students, delivering a level playing field. But the Tories have no plan, failing to secure young people’s next steps, failing our children”

UCAS chief executive, Clare Marchant, said last week that the government’s policy of gradually ending  grade inflation in order to bring results slowly back to a pre-pandemic level was necessary but “not easy”.

She did also acknowledge that A-level results day was “never going to be pain-free”, regardless of the situation and policies in play.