Private schools uneasy over A-level languages grades, despite rise in top performers

The TES is reporting that some leading independent schools say they are still struggling to make sense of their pupils’ grades in this year’s modern foreign languages A levels, despite reforms designed to improve the accuracy of grading.

Reforms introduced by exams regulator Ofqual this year have resulted in a significant increase in the proportion of A* grades awarded in French, German and Spanish, after years of complaints from schools that excessively harsh grading was deterring pupils from studying languages.

This year, the proportion of students receiving A* grades rose by 0.7 percentage points in French, 1.3 percentage points in German and 0.3 percentage points in Spanish. 

But research for the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and the Independent Schools’ Modern Languages Association (ISMLA) found some schools still did not believe pupils’ grades in the subjects were a fair reflection of their ability. 

They said that pupils who had performed well throughout the year were scoring lower-than-expected grades while lower-performing pupils did well.

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