BLOG: “They have all done something amazing and unique”

Director of Education, Jonathan Jones
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Director of Education in Liverpool, Jonathan James, reflects on today’s GCSE grades being issued to young people...

Thousands of young people will be receiving their centre-assessed GCSE grades today and I want to congratulate them all.

They have all done something amazing and unique, something no other young person has ever been asked to do: reached a significant milestone in their education in the face of a global pandemic. What a considerable achievement!

With the debacle around A Level results last week, on top of recent months, there has been a great deal of confusion and uncertainty. But the typical Liverpool resilience has shone through in our young people.

Issuing young people with their assessed grades is the fairest way possible – and we’ve seen this last week how fairness was jeopardised for so many. Hopefully, this move will also mark a greater trust in the professionalism of our teachers and leaders.

The way that education has dominated the news in these past weeks is a timely reminder of its irreplaceable importance. That is why we are all working hard to ensure that our children return to school as safely as possible in September.