As students across the country await GCSE results, conservatives have been accused of leaving behind a “legacy of unequal achievements” that are holding back children and communities.
Pupils will receive grades on Thursday, after taking exams for the first time since the pandemic.
Similar to the A-level results model released last week, grades are expected to drop below last year, but remain above those of 2019.
Labor has accused successive Tory governments of “disappointing our children”, pointing to regional disparities in results.
Statistics show that fewer than four out of 10 students in Knowsley, Northwest, achieved a pass in English and math last year, more than 20 percentage points lower than the national average.
Labor cited this in contrast to other areas, including Trafford in Greater Manchester, Kingston-upon-Thames in southwest London and Buckinghamshire, where around seven out of 10 young people have gotten a pass in both subjects.
Following the publication of the A-level results last week, the social mobility charity The Sutton Trust said that regional gaps are growing and the differences in achievement levels in private schools versus state schools and colleges are still above 2019 levels.
Shadow School Minister Stephen Morgan said, Young people who have received achievements have worked incredibly hard, but 12 years of conservative governments have left a legacy of unequal achievements that are holding back children and communities.
“As we approach results day, every child should know they are being supported by a government that believes in them and their ability to succeed, but sadly it just isn’t. Conservatives are letting our children down.
“The work is ambitious for every child. We would end tax breaks for private schools and invest in thousands of new teachers to give each child the brilliant teaching and school experience they need to achieve and thrive. “
An education expert predicted that, in line with the return to pre-pandemic assessment, there could be around 230,000 fewer votes in the UK than in 2021, but 230,000 more than in 2019.
Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Center for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham, said he expects higher grades to decline, with more pupils failing and a slight narrowing of girls’ advantage over boys.
The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said this week’s results are likely to be “patchy” in several schools and areas and reflect the “turbulent circumstances” of the pandemic.
The general secretary of the ASCL Geoff Barton appealed to the supervisory body of the Ofsted schools to take these factors into account and not “rush to judgments”.
He said that despite schools’ best efforts to support pupils with distance learning and to fill learning gaps, there will “inevitably” be an impact on learning.
Stating that the government had “scant and chaotic support for the recovery of education”, he added: “It is important to understand this year’s achievements at the school and pupil level in this context and we would like to urge Ofsted and in particular the regional school commissioners not to be in a hurry to judge ”.
Ofsted said he does not base his judgments on exam results and test scores, but rather uses the data “in context, as a starting point for our discussions with school leaders about what they are teaching the children and how. they run their own school. “
A spokesperson for the Department of Education said: “We have defined a range of measures to help improve education across England, including targeted support for both individual pupils who lag behind and for entire areas of the country in whose standards are weaker.
“This is coupled with £ 5 billion to help young people recover from the impact of the pandemic, including £ 1.5 billion for mentoring programs.
“Student Award funding is also increasing to over £ 2.6 billion in 2022/23, while an additional £ 1 billion allows us to extend the Recovery Award for the next two academic years, funding that schools they can use to offer targeted academic and emotional support to disadvantaged pupils ”.
Last year, the percentage of GCSE enrollments with the best grades rose to the highest level after exams were canceled for the second consecutive year due to Covid-19 and students were instead provided with results determined by their teachers.
While the traditional A * -G grades are used in Northern Ireland and Wales, in England these have been replaced with a 9-1 system, where nine is the highest.
A 4 is basically equivalent to a C grade and a 7 is basically equivalent to an A.