A new "Triple Lock"


Today, the Education Secretary announced a triple lock on GCSE and A-Level exam results this year, to ensure fairness, give young people added security and ensure the achievements of young people are recognised. 

  • Every young person waiting for their results wants to know they have been treated fairly, and that they won’t be disadvantaged by exams being cancelled by coronavirus – through no fault of their own.
  • That’s why are introducing a triple lock to give students an added safety net. Students will be able to accept their calculated grade, appeal on the basis of a valid mock result or sit an exam in the Autumn. We will ensure all outcomes are given the same weighting by universities, employers and colleges.
  • The triple lock will provide an additional safety net to the system of calculated grades, which is the fairest possible approach in the absence of exams. The grades students receive on Thursday will be based on the judgement of their school or college, and have been moderated by exam boards to make sure the same standard is applied for all students.
  • There is no perfect replacement for exams, but our plan will give employers the confidence in these results and ensure fairness for all young people so that they can progress to the next stage of their lives with confidence.


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