Teachers warn that new pupils may be neglected as schools and colleges take action in wake of the A-level algorithm debacle

Like so many headteachers, Caroline Vile was furious when she discovered her school’s A-level results. Two-fifths of the teacher-assessed grades at Vile’s school in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire – one of the most deprived areas in the country – had been downgraded.

“We’ve got amazing students, some of whom do incredibly well, some of whom have had childhood experiences and traumas which mean they don’t do as well, but they all work hard and the school is on an improvement journey,” she said, adding that the results were, quite simply, “not fair”.

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