Prof Rob Coe joins Ofqual exam grade discussion

In light of exam disruption due to COVID-19, our Director of Research and Development Professor Rob Coe was asked by media outlets to share his views on the grading process implemented by Ofqual. Speaking to the BBC, Sky News, Times Radio and Talk Radio, Professor Coe answered questions and shared his thoughts regarding Ofqual’s approach.

When asked by Sky News to give an estimation as to what went wrong, specifically regarding Ofqual’s methodology of using a specific algorithm, and the change in approach to giving centre assessed grades, Professor Coe responded:

I think schools and heads in particular feel quite rightly let down by this whole process, and of course, students too. Given where we are today, this is the right decision, we need clarity and justice for students.”


More of Professor Coe’s responses to questions from the media can be found by listening to BBC Radio 4 (from 1:13:40) and Times Radio (from 1:28:00).

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