The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is facing legal action over the way A-level grades were awarded this year.
Claimants seeking judicial review are expected to write a letter to the defendant setting out the basis of the claim before issuing proceedings. Here are links to the proposed claims I have seen so far:
Leigh Day, solicitors: “pre-action protocol” letter sent 16 August on behalf of Curtis Parfitt-Ford — with the support of Foxglove Legal. They argue that the process adopted to award grades this year is unlawful on a number of levels:
For a large number of students, it fails to take account of relevant considerations such as the teacher’s predictions; and
It takes into account irrelevant considerations such as the historical success of a school.
Ofqual has a duty to create a scheme that was procedurally fair and it has failed;
There is a systemic problem with the scheme that gives rise to an unacceptable risk of procedural unfairness, and
Ofqual has breached its obligations to ensure that “regulated qualifications give a reliable indication of knowledge, skills and understanding” and to “promote public confidence in regulated qualifications”.