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A-level students take legal action against Ofqual as 200,000 sign online petition

A protest outside the Department for Education earlier this week. (Getty)
A protest outside the Department for Education earlier this week. (Getty)

A-level students have launched legal action against England’s exam regulator Ofqual over what they describe as a “ridiculous and insane” marking system.

Thousands of teenagers were left angered after almost 40% of predicted grades were downgraded by the regulator’s “moderation” algorithm, leaving many missing out on their first choice universities.

Ofqual issued guidance on Saturday setting out the criteria for students to make appeals on the basis of their mock exam results, only for it to be taken down hours later.

In a brief statement, Ofqual said the policy was “being reviewed” by its board and that further information would be released “in due course”.

A student receives his A Level results on Thursday. (Getty)
A student receives his A Level results on Thursday. (Getty)

The Good Law Project is now supporting six students over a judicial review of Ofqual’s “failings”.

Data from Ofqual shows independent schools saw an

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Students taking legal action against Ofqual as 22,000 sign online petition

A protest outside the Department for Education earlier this week. (Getty)
A protest outside the Department for Education earlier this week. (Getty)

A-level students have launched legal action against England’s exam regulator Ofqual over what they describe as a “ridiculous and insane” marking system.

Thousands of teenagers were left angered after almost 40% of predicted grades were downgraded by the regulator’s “moderation” algorithm, leaving many missing out on their first choice universities.

Ofqual issued guidance on Saturday setting out the criteria for students to make appeals on the basis of their mock exam results, only for it to be taken down hours later.

In a brief statement, Ofqual said the policy was “being reviewed” by its board and that further information would be released “in due course”.

A student receives his A Level results on Thursday. (Getty)
A student receives his A Level results on Thursday. (Getty)

The Good Law Project is now supporting six students over a judicial review of Ofqual’s “failings”.

Data from Ofqual shows independent schools saw an

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Ringling College students, alumni demand action against dean over his ‘demeaning’ conduct

For the past several years, students endured tears, panic attacks and bitter memories after encounters with a Ringling College of Art and Design administrator, according to a wave of recent complaints.

The allegations against Christopher Shaffer, an associate dean at Ringling, began with a Twitter post on June 22. Megan Ruiz, a graduate of the Sarasota art school, urged current and future students to avoid Shaffer. More than 2,200 people shared her post as of Friday.

Realizing she was not alone in her concerns, Ruiz joined other current and former students to create an online form and gather complaints against Shaffer. They received more than two dozen submissions in the first 24 hours, and there were nearly 60 submissions after one week, Ruiz said.

Among the complaints, Shaffer was accused of mishandling a sexual assault allegation on campus, making hurtful comments about a transgender student and downplaying students’ mental

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Greta Thunberg launches open letter demanding world leaders take immediate action on climate crisis

Greta Thunberg launches open letter demanding world leaders take immediate action on climate crisis
Greta Thunberg launches open letter demanding world leaders take immediate action on climate crisis

Greta Thunberg has launched an open letter signed by thousands of activists and celebrities, and hundreds of scientists demanding global leaders take measurable, immediate action to genuinely tackle the climate crisis.

“The race to safeguard future living conditions for life on Earth as we know it needs to start today,” reads the letter, sent to all EU leaders and heads of state on Thursday. “Not in a few years, but now.” Signatories include Malala Yousafzai, Leonardo DiCaprio, Priyanka Chopra, Opal Tometi, Jane Fonda, Shawn Mendes, Coldplay, Mark Ruffalo, Margaret Atwood, and many others.

The Swedish teen climate activist teased something big on Twitter on Thursday, then tweeted out the link to the letter, noting the campaign hashtag #FaceTheClimateEmergency.

Written by Thunberg alongside fellow climate activists and School Strike 4 Climate organisers Luisa Neubauer, Anuna de Wever

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