Richard Long, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Colleagues and I are very aware of serious concerns in Kent, and indeed throughout the country, about the A level and other post-16 qualifications results students received yesterday. Discussions with schools and initial feedback from head teachers suggest there are many groups of students who did not receive the grades they and their teachers believe they should have done. This has raised considerable concerns around the methodology used to award grades this year and in many cases the grades appear to bear little resemblance to student ability or to the Centre Assessed Grades (CAG) awarded by schools.
“I wish to reassure students, their families and school staff that Kent County Council and I are taking this matter extremely seriously. Early next week we will be contacting all schools in Kent and asking them for thorough feedback so we can conduct a detailed analysis, understand the extent of the problem and discover whether any specific cohorts of students have been unfairly disadvantaged.
“As soon as we have a clear picture of the issues with post-16 results in Kent, I will write to Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson setting out our concerns and asking him to urgently investigate.
“We will continue to work with and support schools, and lobby Central Government, until this issue is resolved. I want to be certain that every student in Kent has been awarded the correct post-16 grades and can continue onto university, college, an apprenticeship course or into employment without their education being negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.”