Sevenoaks School

Department for Education written question – answered on 9th July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Watson of Invergowrie Lord Watson of Invergowrie Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Sevenoaks School following reports that teaching staff are routinely asked to increase predicted grades on UCAS applications for students who may be in danger of missing out on their preferred degree course.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The department is aware of a complaint that Sevenoaks School has increased predicted grades on Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS) applications for some students. The school’s handling of the complaint will be considered when it is next inspected.

UCAS provides guidance for all schools to support them in making predicted grades and the school has been reminded about these guidelines.

Schools should not be inflating predicted grades and we expect teachers to use their best judgement to predict grades for students which most accurately reflect their abilities.

If this is not the case in any school, we expect them to change their policies.

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