A-Levels: Thousands in NI to get their results


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About 25,00zero pupils throughout Northern Eire will obtain their A-level and AS outcomes on Thursday morning.

However the NI exams board CCEA has admitted there will probably be “anomalies” in a few of the grades awarded.

In an e-mail to principals on Wednesday, CCEA mentioned it recognised there could be concern about some outcomes.

It mentioned it could “begin contacting faculties the place we have now seen anomalies when it comes to judgements supplied and the grade issued”.

Pupils who’ve taken topics via CCEA will get outcomes on-line from 08:00 BST.

The general image of outcomes for Northern Eire will probably be out there at 09:30 on Thursday.

As exams had been cancelled, grades will probably be awarded based mostly on predicted grades from faculties, which have been standardised by CCEA.

An analogous system can be in place in England and Wales, and about 12% of pupils in Northern Eire take topics via examination boards from these international locations.

Whereas ends in Northern Eire are anticipated to rise, there will probably be intense scrutiny on what number of grades predicted by faculties have been modified by CCEA’s statistical modelling.

Faculties have expressed considerations {that a} important variety of outcomes that they had predicted will probably be lowered.

In Scotland, outcomes predicted by academics alone will now be used to present pupils their grades.

That’s after a serious U-turn by the Scottish authorities on Tuesday, which deserted a moderation system for grades by the Scottish {Qualifications} Authority (SQA).

System ‘will probably be truthful’

In an announcement made after the change in Scotland, CCEA mentioned grades in Northern Eire would nonetheless be awarded “based mostly on a mix of instructor skilled judgement and statistical modelling, as directed by the minister of schooling”.

“A key factor of the method is to make sure that {qualifications} requirements are maintained this 12 months,” it mentioned.

“There was no change on this route or our strategy.”

Schooling Minister Peter Weir additionally mentioned the system in Northern Eire could be truthful, and has criticised Scotland’s determination to award grades on instructor predictions alone.

He mentioned that will result in monumental will increase in grades and undermine the credibility of their {qualifications}.

The chief government of CCEA, Justin Edwards, has mentioned that high grades at A-level would have risen in 2020 by at the least 10% if information from faculties alone had been used.

However in an e-mail to principals on Wednesday night, CCEA mentioned it could “work via the anomalies as rapidly as doable as a way to reassure college students tomorrow that any queries concerning their outcomes will probably be resolved as rapidly as doable”.

Whereas pupils getting grades from CCEA can get them on-line, lots of these getting outcomes from English and Welsh boards should go to their college to choose them up.

Pupils in Northern Eire have outperformed their counterparts in England and Wales lately.

Simply over 30% of entries had been awarded A* or A grades in 2019.

CCEA will function a devoted exams helpline for pupils on 028 9026 1260 from 13-26 August.