Last night I spoke about issues surrounding the awarding of A level results over the summer. As I’ve stated before, the whole episode was regrettable and my office has supported a number of young people who lost out through the algorithm.
However whilst I was at it, I did spend some time pointing out some of the glaring inconsistencies in the points the Labour Party was making. The Labour Shadow Education Secretary was in July calling for the standardisation of grades that would have required an algorithm and the Labour Welsh Government approached the issue in exactly the same way where 42% of all A level grades were originally downgraded (yet the Shadow Education Secretary has nothing to say on this).
Time and time again they attack but they have no clear plan for how they would do things differently. Political point scoring for the sake of political point scoring does not amount to constructive opposition.
I am not afraid of outlining the concerns I’ve had with the way this was handled by the Government but as you’ll see in this clip, I am prepared to give as good as I get when necessary with those on the opposition benches.