GCSEs & A levels: Reliable to one grade either way?

Ofqual has said that GCSE and A level grades are ‘reliable to one grade either way’. What does this actually mean, and to what extent can we have confidence in examination grades this summer? Dennis Sherwood explains
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We all know how much every young child cherishes Father Christmas. Sooner or later, though, they must learn the truth.

It is a dilemma for every parent – when to disclose the reality? It is a duty we cannot shirk, for while it may shatter a child’s belief, it would be worse if they heard it from someone else, in the school yard perhaps, and came home with the inevitable questions…

The truth is important but sometimes difficult. It is often easier not to reveal the truth. And if that failure to disclose can be masked by claiming that “it’s in the best interests of the believer not to have that belief threatened”, then that gives the person in authority an excuse…

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