Gavin Willliamson's teacher says government's system makes A-level results "a lottery"

13 August 2020, 08:08 | Updated: 13 August 2020, 09:02

By Adrian Sherling

The man who taught the Education Secretary said the algorithm used by the government makes A-level results "a lottery".

Peter Ashton is a retired Politics and Government teacher at Scarborough Sixth Form College, who taught the man who is currently the Secretary of State for Education.

He told Nick Ferrari that the system the government is using will mark down high-achieving pupils at low-performing schools.

Nick Ferrari spoke to Gavin Williamson's teacher
Nick Ferrari spoke to Gavin Williamson's teacher. Picture: LBC / PA

Speaking to Nick Ferrari, he said: "I'm not very keen on algorithm systems for various reasons. I don't think it's a very good idea.

"It tends to disadvantage high-achieving pupils in low-performing schools.

"So for example, if a school got 5% grade As last year and the teachers are recommending 10% grade As, they'll change the results to fit this model and the grades will be lowered. Students will suffer as a result of that.

"I'm not in favour of this system, I think it makes it more of a lottery."