Davina McCall has publicly thanked the teens of 2020, after a tumultuous week for A-level and GCSE students, their families and their teachers.
The TV start tweeted her support for students who were unable to sit their exams this year, after a government u-turn was made earlier this week, meaning that grades will now be awarded based on teacher estimates rather than by a computer algorithm.
Grades will now be given based on the initial predictions teachers calculated from coursework, mock exams and knowledge of their students. This will be the case unless the algorithm previously gave students a higher grade.
Just want to say well done to our teenagers. You sacrificed a lot for us oldies to stay safe. You stayed in for months, missed out on 16,18 parties, proms, festivals, and saying goodbye to your school. Thank you .I’m hoping this u turn will have a positive impact for many of you— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) August 17, 2020
The government u-turn came about after widespread outrage that the computer algorithm used to decide pupils' grades had led to "significant inconsistencies" with the grading process, as Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has since said in a statement.
As a prominent mum of teens, Davina took to Twitter after the announcement to show just how much she appreciated what school leavers have been through during the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. Her daughters Holly, 18, and Tilly, 16, are in the two affected year groups.
Davina wrote: "Just want to say well done to our teenagers. You sacrificed a lot for us oldies to stay safe. You stayed in for months, missed out on 16th and 18th birthday parties, proms, festivals, and saying goodbye to your school. Thank you."
She continued: "I’m hoping this u-turn will have a positive impact for many of you."
While the change may come as a relief, there are fears it may be too late for some A-level students who lost out on university offers based on the initial grade release, and may now have missed out on on places that have since been reallocated.
Universities may now have a difficult job on their hands, honouring initial offers made as well as those made following the initial grade release.
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