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Published on September 27th, 2011 | by Joe Hinds
Image © [caption id="attachment_3776" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Pupils From The Ramsgate School In Kent Would Be Given A Better Chance Of University Success Under The New AQA Scheme"][/caption] The AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) exam board will today announce a controversial new scheme in which Universities will have the ability to discriminate against pupils who have attended prestigious private schools. The new plans would see all A-Level student ranked according to what schools they attended, with students who come from disadvantaged areas and weak state schools potentially being given bonus points whilst similarly those students who attended elite private schools face the possibility of being penalised in comparison. According to an official AQA Spokesperson this new scheme will look to " allow universities to offer places to students from disadvantaged homes who showed potential but had performed less well in exams than their peers at better schools", as universities would potentially be able to grant access to pupils whose grades would not usually have met the entry requirements, providing they were from a poorly performing school, with universities using their discretion on how the information regarding students' background was used. A similar system is already in place in St. George's Medical School in London where the standard entry requirement is AAB at A-Level yet students can be accepted with BBC grades providing that their grades are 60% better than the average for the school they attended. With the introduction of such a system it must be noted that, unlike what is bound to be reported within certain elements of the press, such a system will not simply allow those with bad grades to do better than those with good grades but rather will to allow those from the most deprived areas of the country a real chance to achieve academically, whilst the current assumption that the brightest and best pupils come from the most expensive and prestigious schools is absurd. After all Cambridge University's recently published research even admitted that prior schooling is of "insignificant effect with regard to degree outcome".    

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Exam Board To Penalise Private School Pupils?

Pupils From The Ramsgate School In Kent Would Be Given A Better Chance Of University Success Under The New AQA Scheme

The AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) exam board will today announce a controversial new scheme in which Universities will have the ability to discriminate against pupils who have attended prestigious private schools. The new plans would see all A-Level student ranked according to what schools they attended, with students who come from disadvantaged areas and weak state schools potentially being given bonus points whilst similarly those students who attended elite private schools face the possibility of being penalised in comparison.

According to an official AQA Spokesperson this new scheme will look to ” allow universities to offer places to students from disadvantaged homes who showed potential but had performed less well in exams than their peers at better schools”, as universities would potentially be able to grant access to pupils whose grades would not usually have met the entry requirements, providing they were from a poorly performing school, with universities using their discretion on how the information regarding students’ background was used. A similar system is already in place in St. George’s Medical School in London where the standard entry requirement is AAB at A-Level yet students can be accepted with BBC grades providing that their grades are 60% better than the average for the school they attended.

With the introduction of such a system it must be noted that, unlike what is bound to be reported within certain elements of the press, such a system will not simply allow those with bad grades to do better than those with good grades but rather will to allow those from the most deprived areas of the country a real chance to achieve academically, whilst the current assumption that the brightest and best pupils come from the most expensive and prestigious schools is absurd. After all Cambridge University’s recently published research even admitted that prior schooling is of “insignificant effect with regard to degree outcome”.

 

 

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