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Claimsmiths | Law Firm launches Exam Grades Appeal Service

Anxiety over grades may result in a major improve in authorized challenges.

The resolution by the Department for Education (DfE) to shut all faculties and schools final 12 months resulted within the cancellation of GCSE, AS and ‘A’ degree exams. The DfE, with Ofqual, determined that college students who had been attributable to sit their public exams would as an alternative be awarded instructor assessed grades (TAGs). The alternative with TAGs has led to an enormous quantity of hysteria and fear for college kids and their dad and mom.

A latest ballot by Mumsnet exhibits that 54% of oldsters imagine that this 12 months’s system is unfair, and a survey of academics by TES indicated that solely 52% of academics believed that the grading course of of their faculty was honest and that it could give college students the grades they deserved. Consequently, it’s anticipated that there shall be a pointy improve within the numbers of appeals towards grades.

The common secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders lately knowledgeable the House of Commons Education Committee that some dad and mom are making threats of authorized motion towards academics. Richard Sheriff, president of ASCL, has warned of oldsters with “pointy-elbows and lawyer friends”. ASCL is now bringing in its personal attorneys to help its members.

In response, Claimsmiths has launched its personal examination appeals service to offer authorized recommendation to college students on their grounds of enchantment. The specialist workforce of skilled litigators contains Mark Gleeson, a knowledge safety and freedom of knowledge professional. The workforce will use, amongst different issues, knowledge rights laws to acquire essential proof to help appeals.

Gleeson feedback: “The assessment process is hugely important to students. The Government, Ofqual and the teaching profession cannot seriously deny that mistakes will be made during the assessment process. Students who are unfairly awarded lower grades potentially will be saddled with them for the rest of their lives.”

Ofqual’s personal knowledge for the 2019-20 educational 12 months exhibits that 80% of GCSE and A-level appeals resulted in a change in grade and that 33% had been modified by one grade. There had been 15 instances the place the enchantment led to a change of six grades and 85 instances the place there was a 4 grade change. It isn’t simply harmless administrative or procedural errors, or a distinction in educational judgement, that will have an effect on grades. In some instances, misconduct by educating workers happens, too. Ofqual has recognised that bias and discrimination exist and has issued steering to academics on tips on how to make goal judgements.

There can be a major monetary situation for college kids in acquiring the proper grade. New analysis by the DfE exhibits the hyperlink between GCSE attainment and earnings over an individual’s lifetime. Those who carry out only one GCSE grade higher than their counterparts throughout 9 topics have been proven to earn a median of £207,000 extra all through their lives. Those who achieved only one grade increased than their counterparts in a single topic noticed a rise of their lifetime earnings by a median of £23,000.

The service is accessible at claimsmiths.co.uk/appeal-exam-results/

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:-
Jamie White at Overture London. T: +44(0)20 3817 8383. E: jamie.white@overture.london

NOTE TO EDITORS /
Claimsmiths is a targeted disputes apply for people and a part of Brandsmiths, a specialist legislation agency for IP-rich companies. Claimsmiths is designed to satisfy the quickly rising demand for an outcomes-focused method in client actions. The Claimsmiths workforce has already grown to a workforce of 10 litigators, together with a number of the main knowledge safety, finance {and professional} negligence attorneys within the UK. We are extremely skilled in working a spread of claims, which incorporates precedent setting litigation.

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