The Assembly was recalled on 18 August 2020 to debate AS and A Level grading.
The original motion was:
That this Assembly is deeply concerned that the modelling used to calculate grades for AS and A levels has awarded incorrect results for students across Northern Ireland; and calls on the Minister of Education to award students the highest of their AS, teacher-predicted or CCEA grades for A levels, AS levels and GCSEs due to exceptional Covid-19 circumstances.
This was then amended as follows:
Leave out all after ‘Northern Ireland’ and insert:
“; welcomes the Minister of Education’s decision to reverse the unfair model used for awarding grades to ensure students now receive the higher of their teacher-predicted or CCEA grades for A levels, AS levels and GCSEs due to exceptional Covid-19 circumstances; recognises the immense stress, anxiety and disruption this has caused many students; further recognises the resultant implications for local colleges and universities; and calls on the Minister to work urgently with Executive colleagues to provide clarity and guidance to students and educational institutions.”