Summer 2021 assessments: Under-grading concerns for disadvantaged students

Concerns have been raised around the potential under-grading of socioeconomically disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in this summer’s assessments. The concerns follow Ofqual’s recent review of the research literature about teacher assessment.

In guidance published last month, Ofqual listed the 9 main biases and warned centres of the risk of objective judgments being negatively affected by these. They have stated in their soon to be published report, the importance for teachers to be aware of these potential threats and take steps to mitigate them.